Conflicting Perspectives

Topics: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry, Poetry Pages: 2 (576 words) Published: June 23, 2013
“An important outcome of studying this elective is the realisation that all representations of perspectives are designed to provoke an intended response.”

To what extent does this statement relate to your study of at least one of Hughes’ poems and one related text of your own choosing?

In some texts authors have the intention to evoke a personal understanding in the audience. However, the personal experience varies between each individual creating conflicting ways in response to a text. These responses to the messages from the authors are shaped through personal experience and values of the individual. The notion of conflict within perspectives is evident in “Birthday Letters” by Ted Hughes especially in the poems “Fulbright Scholars” and “Sam” as well as in Michel Gondry’s film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” The conflict within memory and connections leads to a representation of their conflict in perspectives.

The nature and strength of memories is to some extent subjective in relation to events, situations and people. Hughes proves this idea of selective memory through the use of rhetorical questions asked in his first poem Fulbright Scholars such as “where was it, in the Strand?” and “was it when I bought a peach?” These questions are evidence of his disordered memory. Hughes perspective of Plath is somewhat subjective as he remembers vague details of particular moments and her “Veronica Lake bangs.” In his second poem “Sam” depicts the same events as Plath’s poem “Whiteness I remember” but showing his conflicting interpretation of Plath’s memory. The two poems prove conflicting ideas through the tempo of the first paragraphs and Hughes ongoing use of caesura. Although Plath interprets the event to be a “great run” and “high as the roofs” conflicting this idea Hughes describes it as dangerous and Plath having “lost (her) stirrups.” The text “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” proves memory to be a selective sense; the character Joel...
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