Review of Memento Mori

Topics: First-person narrative, Narrative, Fiction Pages: 2 (722 words) Published: May 3, 2011
Suzette Green
“Memento Mori” Response
The short story “Memento Mori” written by Jonathan Nolan is the backdrop for the movie “Memento” by his brother Chirstopher Nolan. The short story is a little confusing because it seems like that it is written backwards. I’ve never seen the movie and this is my first time reading the short story that the movie is based on. The beginning of the story is written in a first person narrative, addressing the reader as “you” as this narrative continues though, it assumes that “you” isn’t the reader, but another person in the story, The story begins with a first person narrator who is addressing a "you." I didn’t know who the “you” was in the first section of this story but its obvious that this person is an important part of the story. As I got deeper into the story I realized that “you” is actually Earl, the main character of the story and he is writing to his future self in order to remember things that have happen, that need to happen and to understand his condition. Earl’s wife was apparently raped and killed by someone and Earl is set on revenge, it seems in the story that revenge is the only thing driving Earl, even though with his condition(he has no long term memory) his life is set in 10-15 minute intervals, and after that he doesn’t remember, his life is dictated by notes. There is a quote in the story that exemplifies this “ And as for the passage of time, well, that doesn’t really apply to you anymore, does it? Just the same ten minutes, over and over again. So how can you forgive if you can’t remember to forget?” Earl’s only fresh memory is the memory of his wife being killed and the person who killed her and being that he can’t form new memories he can never forget or forgive those that have hurt him in the worst way. As the story progresses we see Earl in a variety of settings, first in a hospital wrong, with notes telling him where he is and what to do as he moves around the room. Then in a different room...
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