STUDENT 1 SAMPLE STUDENT Mr. Johnson English Composition September 12, 2016 Balance Within Our Mind’s Emotions Memories define who a person is, as very well displayed in the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind . The movie centers around a casual, yet shy, man by the name of Joel and his eccentric ex-girlfriend Clementine. After a long term romance and eventual break- up, Clementine undergoes a procedure to erase every memory she has of Joel. When Joel learns of this through mutual friends, he decides to undergo the same procedure, one that requires him to relive every memory he has of Clementine in reverse order. As the procedure progresses, he transitions from bitter resentment towards Clementine to desperately regretting the decisions he made towards the end of their relationship as well as his decision to remove all memories of Clementine. One of the scenes that stands out in this film is towards the end of his procedure when Joel relives the day he met Clementine at a bonfire and ran away from her after they broke into an engaged couple’s beach house. An appeal to pathos is seen here due to the raw emotion that is brought out in this scene by the dialogue and is further emphasized by the cinematography. The clip opens to a beach house caving in on itself, which is seen as a representation of the destruction of Joel’s memories and the relationship he had with Clementine. Joel admits to his mind’s representation of Clementine that he wishes he’d stayed with her that night. He then goes on to open up about how he had been scared and humiliated when she told him to “go” with
STUDENT 2 what he describes as disdain. This leads to the development of Joel’s character by allowing the viewer to better see Joel’s low sense of self-worth, especially in regards to Clementine, whom he practically put on a pedestal within a day of knowing. Her words “So go” had shattered what
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