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Empathizing With Joel Barish In Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

1942 words - 8 pages

Hollywood film producers have always taken interest in depicturing the alternative worlds of particular kinds and types. We might consider as a good example the techniques in which the contrast worlds are being embodied in Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind, and how, in that film, main character Joel Barish attempts to regulate his memories and not let them be vanished. While watching this film we unwittingly get involved into the alternate world of Joel’s memories. The integral aspect in the film’s successful portrayal of the parallel reality from the first sight seems to be related to the specific film shooting or editing technique; however, the philosophy of the film depends on the sequence of the film techniques and how the audience react to the particular scenes of the film and what emotions the film evokes in them. So what are the emotions that the character of Joel Barish played by Jim Carrey evokes in us? The biggest part of the film makes the audience feel pity, insult, even confused and other blanket feelings for him. Joel’s appearance and behavior creates an image of a typical “looser” – slovenly appearance, unshaven face and mess in a cheap apartment; however we don’t just feel sorry for him. By the almost end of the movie we realize that we feel grief and anger with him, or, in other words, we don’t sympathize (feel for someone), but empathize (feel with someone).
The emotional response of the audience to Joel, thus, converges with Alex Neill’s theory on the empathetic response to the film fiction, which he describes in his essay “Empathy and (Film) Fiction”. As we discover fresh feelings with the main character of Eternal Sunshine, we mainly empathize with a particular character or a plot point, enlarging our emotional experience and improving our emotional education. Therefore, according to Neill empathy becomes the more valuable feeling expression than sympathy. Neill’s verdict on the empathetic response domination in film fiction can be fully traced in our emotional responses to this particular film.
In his work Neill implies that the emotions we feel during either reading or watching fiction should be demarcated into two basic categories: empathy and sympathy. According to this concept “with sympathetic response, in feeling for another, one’s response need not reflect what the other is feeling, nor indeed does it depend on whether the other is feeling anything at all”. In contrast “in responding empathetically to another I come to share his feelings, to feel with him; if he is in an emotional state, to empathize with him is to experience the emotion(s) that he experiences” (Neill, 247). The further deep analysis of different cases of empathy-sympathy differentiation leads Neill to making an argument on the significance of the empathetic responses. According to his point of view, the empathetic responses occupy a significant place in our understanding of fiction, thus, while watching a fictional movie like our...

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