Extremism in Romance

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As the two lie down holding hands on the frozen Charles River, Joel realizes that he is meant to be by Clementine’s side, but with this realization the scene changes abruptly to a dark sidewalk where she slides away into nothingness. Joel, knowing that he made a big mistake, screams for the technicians to stop erasing the memories of his relationship with Clementine. The attempt is futile, however, for he is stuck within his own mind, systematically being wiped of everything, despite his attempts to hide the girl even within his deepest, most painful memories. Director Michael Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind implies that those in love should always fight to work past differences with their partner, a throwback to the now rejected myth of the one true love. While the myth represents an over-romanticized version of relationships, society has gone too far in its abandonment of this principle, leading to a high failure rate for marriages. Just as we see our political system head towards extremism and realize that a moderate approach is best, American society must also come to the rational understanding that it is worthwhile to communicate in order to sustain positive relationships, even though some may fail in the end, swinging the pendulum of belief back to the middle ground. Though we are left to reconcile the real timeline of events, Eternal Sunshine actually begins with the second-first meeting between Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), an awkward, introverted man, and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet), an impulsive woman who wears her emotions on her sleeves. Unbeknownst to the two of them, each has had their memory of the other erased by a company called Lacuna, Inc. after their relationship deteriorated. This p... ... middle of paper ... ...FI Releases Report on National Marriage Survey | Education.com." Education.com. Web. 01 Nov. 2011. . "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 01 Nov. 2011. . Law, Sally. "Actually, Opposites Don’t Attract, Study Finds." MSNBC.com. 27 Mar. 2009. Web. 02 Nov. 2011. . McGowan, Todd. Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2011. Print. Raffel, Dawn. "One True Love and Other Myths." CNN.com. 20 May 2011. Web. 01 Nov. 2011. . Society at a Glance: OECD Social Indicators. 2006 ed. Paris: OECD, 2007. Print.
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