The Visual and Audio Representations in Arthur C Clarke's 'The Sentinel'
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There are an abundance of similarities found in the visual and audio representations in Arthur C. Clarke's short story, "The Sentinel", and those found in director Stanley Kubrick's film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clark actually aided Kubrick in writing the script for the movie, which was in no small part based on the work of literature the author had previously written (Soriano, 2008). To that end, Kubrick's film functions as an example of many of the concepts originally denoted by Clark in "The Sentinel". While many of these ideas were mere thoughts and strands of notions that were not fully developed within the short story, Kubrick's work had the length and budget to fully actualize many of these concepts that both works of art are ultimately based on. 2001: A Space Odyssey functions as a way to elucidate many of the important concepts that Clarke initiated in "The Sentinel", some of the most important of which are the ineffable nature of existence and man's finite role in it. One of the defining attributes of Clarke's original short story which Kubrick's film is based upon is the fact that as a short story, there is little action and dialogue. There are a series of events that take place and the narration definitely follows a plot, but some of the most important principles which the work of literature is based upon and which captivated Kubrick actually take place within the mind of the tale's protagonist, a man whom one of the other characters refers to as Wilson. The