The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The world accepting, by the world accepted

       Would you like to erase your memory of someone whom you used to love after you have a heated exchange with him or her? If the quarrel really hurts you, you may say yes. Clementine, the heroine of The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, does. 


The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a movie released in U.S, 2004. The heroine, Clementine was played by Kate Winslet, and Jim Carry played her boyfriend, Joel, who is the hero of the story.

     I am taking an English class at a university, and the class is not an ordinary English conversation class, but it’s a kind of a psychology class. Students see movies and study the characters’ feelings psychologically. As we finished seeing the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the class the other day, I am going to write something about the movie here.

In the movie, after arguing Clementine erases Joel’s memory. Joel also decides to erase her memory after knowing she erased him from her brain. 


     Most of the scene you see on the movie is Joel’s dream under the procedure for erasing Clementine from his memory. Gradually he remembers how happy he used to be with her as the procedure goes on and the nasty memories are gone. As wonderful memories with her are erased, he tries to keep those.
     While resisting “eraser guys” who are erasing the memories of Clementine, Joel realizes how really he loves and needs her. You can see that in his words, “I still thought you were gonna save my life, even after that.” or “It would be different if we could just give it another go around.” in the end of the procedure. Finally he gives up keeping Clementine’s memory. But it’s not a negative meaning. He decides to accept the situation. He stops resisting losing the memories with her, and starts enjoying them instead. 
     After erasing the memories of each other, Joel and Clementine meet again. Although they broke up once, they are attracted by each other. After revealing their former relationships, Joel says “Okay” when she tells him that she will get bored with him and will get disliked by him someday. Why can Joel say “Okay”? I think it’s because he can accept the situation in his dream. He can accept whole Clementine as well.
     The title of the movie is derived from a poem by Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard.

          How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
          The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
          Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
          Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;

     To tell the truth, it’s difficult for me to understand the poem in the 17th-18th century. But I think you better accept things than forget. 

     If you are in trouble with someone who used to love, why don’t you see the movie? You may be able to get something to solve the problem. 

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