Disorder In Memento

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The film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan, conveys the story of Leonard Shelby, who lives in a world surrounded by entropy. Entropy refers to the form of movement that is created from a state of order to a state of disorder. The former insurance investigator suffers from anterograde amnesia after an attempt of murder from two domestic intruders. Such incident causes Leonard to live without the capacity of creating new memories and he is unable to know have a normal life. The film centers on the significance of disorder in Leonard’s life which makes him see life broken into fragments that are in a state of disorder. There are several ways in which disorder is presented throughout the film: through its plot, characters, and its reverse…show more content…
All evidence from the film contributes to the concept of exponential movement and the overall significance in Leonard’s life. Inside a world governed by state of low order, Leonard pays attention to every single detail to seek his vengeance but he will only do so by following the laws of time in the direction in which disorder increases. The film Memento, through the use of Leonard’s mental condition, the story’s plot, and the structure of the film demonstrates that entropy affects every aspect of one’s state of order. To understand the progression of the film and its events, the reader must take entropy into consideration. The theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking philosophies this topic in his book A Brief History of Time, by explaining the order in which the universe works and which directions does it follow. For example, Hawking claims in his chapter “Arrow of Time” that “in any closed system disorder, or entropy, always…show more content…
As mentioned before, entropy is a form of movement in its natural state, meaning that memory requires some movement that enforces a significant amount of energy. Leonard Shelby, who suffers from anterograde amnesia, is trapped inside a constant trap of false memories. A false memory is an apparent belief of an event that did not necessarily occur, and the mind only produces it. Leonard’s brain creates false interpretations about events. By doing so, his memory creates an apparent recollection of a particular event and twists its actual past. An obvious example of such is shown at the beginning of the film when Leonard holds a photograph of man’s corpse. Although it is the only reliable image that he might ever take, it slowly fades like Leonard’s memory. In connection with entropy, the film exemplifies low order through Leonard’s memory; this often reveals that the significance of Leonard’s life is affected by an increasing state of untidy
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