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Inspiration from the Movie Memento

Updated on September 25, 2014

Moral of the Movie

The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan and the movie was inspired based on the short story of Jonathan Nolan, director's brother.

Nolan, tells the secret of the story well in advance, but we viewers fail to take note. The actor tells early on "Do not trust memory. Memory can get distorted. Trust only the facts."

The story goes like this. The problem Lenny has is only with his long term memory which he assumes to be intact. He has short term memory loss, but has sufficient mechanisms to cope with that problem. But his assumption that his long term memory is intact proves to be his undoing.

And the real problem is that we everyone are like LENNY, but we would strongly protest to accept the fact. LENNY never accepted to himself that he gave those insulin shots to his wife that eventually killed her. Because of our continuously running imaginations or day dreaming, all the events we see in our life are continuously colored by those imaginations. And none of us can exactly recall an event from our past, the way it actually was.

That could be one of the reasons why lawyers keep dragging a case. With, the passage of time, eye witnesses start contradicting themselves, give slightly different testimonies. We cannot rationalize it as memory loss. It is only this so called "normal" state of existence our memories start getting distorted.

I feel this is the moral of the movie Memento.

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It comes from a feeling that adults like us are like LENNY who can't remember a thing beyond a very short period of time.

We do not use our brains at all in our normal existence. memory is a function of the brain and since we do not use the brain, we do not have memory. We are in the control of our minds, not brains.

Mind is a dubious entity, none of us know where it is.

Our mind functions in the exact same manner as LENNY functioned. he kept few photos, few notes, few tattoos. Similarly our mind keeps few arbitrary markers, drawn here and there and randomly from the data in the brain. Markers like "I should go to such and such place every year or I should pay off my home loan in next 5 years" etc. These few markers and their random use convinces the mind of its existence and its continuity of its existence and we, under the control of the mind are convinced of the continuity of our existence.

Ever wondered why Chris Nolan gave the title 'Memento"? perhaps in the hope that there would be at least few humans who would be reminded of their LENNY like state of existence by seeing his gift to us, our Memento!

Memento : The term seems to have Canonical significance and strong association with Catholic beliefs. In simple terms, reminder of the past. But, when you look deeper for definitions, you see that there is one part about reminder of the past for living and another that is a reminder of the past or dead.

We have great souls that seem to have a reasonable control over where their mind goes. it is only a perception we have that they seem to have control.

How can you forgive if you can’t remember to forget?

— Jonathan Nolan - Memento Movie


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      Ahdilarum 3 years ago

      @ CrisSp - thanks for your inspiration about this hub and the movie, hope you will enjoy this classic movie.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I've never seen the movie but I'm putting it on my list. Sounds interesting. I should have read this before I wrote my hub "memento mori". It's never too late, I could still link this hub of yours to mine if that's okay with you.

      Good hub!

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      Ahdilarum 3 years ago

      @ CobbWayne - this is a classic movie and favourite of many. Thanks for your comments.

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      CobbWayne 3 years ago

      One of my all-time favourites :) Good job!