Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Post for October 29

Hello All,

First of all, I apologize for the game of musical classroom on Wednesday. I thought our DDH classroom would be more comfortable, and who knew there would be a class that starts in there at 8:30 (I should have known, but still!).

Second, as we discussed on Wednesday, come to class on Friday having chosen your film and made a list of the important characters, settings, and plot of that film. This should be in your own words; don't resort to using a Wikipedia summary of the film.

And now, your blog . . .

Choose one of Eliade's concepts from Myth of the Eternal Return, and explain how it fits Sunshine.

The Center
Road to the Center
Abolition of Past/Concrete Time
Restoration of Primordial Chaos (Invasion of the Dead, Abolition of Norms, Sexual Excess, Indeterminate Unity)
Repetition of the Cosmogonic Act (Rekindling of Fire, Ritual Combat, the Erotic Element)

I'll give you an example...

The film uses the Abolition of Past and Concrete Time as one of its starting points; the crew has left Earth and in so doing has lost all traditional ways of measuring time: there are no seasons in space, and there is no night (since they're traveling to the sun, they live a constant day). Furthermore, after Mace and Capa get into their first confrontation and Mace has to get counseling with Dr. Searle, Mace says, "It's the time," to explain one of the causes of his losing control. This is also evident in his persona. Normally, men (especially professionals) shave and keep their appearance clean and neat, but at the beginning of the film, Mace has a scruffy beard and unkempt long hair, implying that he has lost touch with a man's daily rituals; this is another illustration of the idea of being disjointed and out of time.


  1. Brian Dolph

    The film "Sunshine" utilizes Eliade's concept of repetition of the Cosmogonic Ace, specifically the Rekindling of Fire. The goal of those on the ship Icuras II is that of resetting the dying sun via the usage of a huge bomb. In this act, they are essentially attempting to rekindle the fire that is the sun, which provides life to Earth. This therefore resets life on Earth, which has been reduced to a frozen land slowly losing its ability to support life due to the inactivity of the sun.

  2. Jessica Delgadillo
    The film "Sunshine" uses Eliades concept of Restoration of Primordial Chaos in that there is an abolition of norms. Throughout the film, the crew is trying to deliver the payload to the sun, but keeps facing obstacles that hinder them from doing so. When the oxygen garden is left exposed and gets set on fire, the crew members realize there is not enough oxygen for everyone to survive. Therefore, 2 people must die. This leaves the crew members with the decision of who will survive and who must die.Unfortunately, two more members of the ship die, but the crew members realize that there is still not enough oxygen supplies for everyone to survive. At one point, they consider killing Trey, but he ends up apparently killing himself.
    The crew members journey began with one purpose: to save the sun from dying. However, due to unforseen circumstances, they are faced with chaos and decisions that they would normally not face in Earth, such as deciding the fate of another's life. In addition, the fact that Pinbacker never died and goes onto Icarus II to stop the crew members from delivering the payload can be seen as an invasion of the dead. What the crew members believed to be true is completely diminshed.

  3. Trisha Morrissey

    Eliade's concept of the road to the center is seen in the film, "Sunshine," through symbolism of the sun. The sun is a dying star and the crew of the Icarus II are trying to save it by delivering a bomb to "re-ignite" it. They have to travel great distances, losing contact with Earth and with themselves, however, they are on a mission to keep the sun the top priority of their mission and lives. The sun is at the center of the solar system and is the center to sustaining life on Earth. Although many hardships and misfortunes come about on their mission, the crew keep trekking on to keep the sun the center of the lives.

  4. Danielle Williams:

    One of Eliade's elements seen in this film is that of the Repetition of the Cosmogonic Act, namely the Rekindling of Fire. The crew is on a mission to reignite the sun in order to save planet Earth. With the rekindling of the fire of the sun, the world will recreate; it will come out of the darkness and the frozen wasteland will become plentiful once again. It is the recreation of a new world, a new era, the Repetition of the Cosmogonic Act, which comes form the bombing of the sun. The star lives again through this burst, this rekindling of its fire. Without it, the world could not be recreated; the repetition of Original Creation, of original life, could not occur.

  5. Joey Rico
    Eliade's concept of the center is shown in the movie "Sunshine." The film is about a crew trying to get to the sun to re-ignite it. The Sun is the center of not only all discussions in the movie but also the characters. Every character at one point or another has a connection to the sun, when they are all looking at the sun in the viewing room, it seems as if everyone is connected together.

  6. Basil Qumsiyeh

    in the movie sunshine, the center of the road is shown, they show the sun as the center of life, the crew is working their best to rescue the world by accomplishing theit mission. they explain in the movie the importance of the sun to life. and how it is the center of everything , and nothing works without it , thats why they went for their mission.

  7. Lindsey Garibay
    OK, so this might make no sense at all but I think that Eliade’s concept of the center fits “Sunshine” because in the book Eliade says, [f]inally , because of its situation at the center of the cosmos, the temple or the sacred city is always the meeting point of the cosmic regions: heaven, earth, and hell”.(15) I think that in the movie the sun represented the center. The sun meant different things for the crew on board of Icarus II and for the people back on earth. For example, for the crew the sun meant life for the people on earth; yet the sun also represented hell because it was the cause of those nightmares the crew was having, and also the reason why so many crew members died. The people on earth wanted the sunlight back so having it back would mean living and this would be like being in heaven to them. Finally, the earth revolves around the sun which makes it the center of our galaxy. This is why I believe that in this movie the sun represents the center because for the characters it was the meeting point of the three cosmic regions that Eliade mentions in the book.

  8. Nathan Whiting
    The road to the center is tedious and laden with many options. The road itself isn't difficult, it's the negotiation and adjustments that need to be made along the journey. In the film Sunshine, the members on the ship Icarus are traveling through the unknown vacuum of space to save the dying star at the center of the solar system, the sun. Along the way, the crew has to maintain their humanity along with making difficult decision that effect the lives of the people on board, even to the point of death. Amidst the turmoil they face, along with the evil opposition personified in a grotesque being, they must not forget their mission: save the sun before life cannot exist on earth. In the end the members all end up sacrificing their own lives in their salvation effort. The goal that the road led to at the center was the inevitable. The road itself was spontaneous and never ending claiming the lives of those who dared to travel it. It was filled with opposition and was difficult to negotiate, but the goal was never forgotten.

  9. Eva Marie Salas

    The movie “Sunshine”, used The Road to the Center because it shows the difficult journey the space crew had in order to save humanity by delivering the payload. The sun was the final destination and the mission to make it there was the road to the center. If the crew made it to the sun to deliver the payload they would be able to come back on Earth and be with their families, also feel rewarding of achievement because of all the research put into this scientific discovery. The road was the process to compete the mission and the center was the sun.

  10. The film "Sunshine" portrays many signs of Eliade's theories, but the one that stood out to me was the abolition of the norms. There were parts of the film where you get a sense that although these people are very intellegent and educated they make real selfish decisions against the norm. For example, the decision to just kill one person for the survival of the others, they took a vote and although it wasn't a unanimous decision they still decided to kill the person. This movie is really interesting because the purpose of the journey is to save lives, mankind, but at the sacrifice of their own

    Mark macanas.

  11. Ashley Black:
    In the film "Sunshine," Eliade's concept of the abolition of the norms is used. The entire crew aboard Icaras ll is fighting for what they view as the correct decision for themselves and its impact on mankind. There is a conflict of interest throughout the film. Some members clearly make decisions for the few on the Icaras ll, and the others for mankind. This film was strange because there was no right answer. For example the crew could have stayed on their path or find Icaras l and gain another payload. The first decision seemed to be right, but if the crew took a chance with Icaras l then it would actually help mankind in that there would be two possible payloads to try. Even in saying this, some crew members wanted to connect to Icaras 1 for the payload and its salvation of mankind. Other members wanted to reconnect with Icaras l to save any remaining survivors; thus, forgetting about the greater picture being mankind.

  12. Jorge Solis

    In the movie the sunshine, the concept of the center was used. The people that are on the ship fighting for survival see the sun as their only hope to survive. They must find a way to make the sun glow so that human beings do not extinct. This people see the sun as their life. They describe the sun, as being their only hope for survival. If the sun is gone, human race will never exist.

  13. Diana Camacho
    In the film sunshine the concept of the center was used to describe the sun. the sun is described as their nutrition for life with out it everything will die. Every decision made on the ship is about delivering the payload to the sun to re enlighten it and save their loved ones. When they found signals of Icarus I their final decision was to go to it to have another payload and to double the chances of getting it to the sun.
    After things started going wrong on the ship, their ultimate decision was to deliver the payload to the sun, even if they were going to die. The rekindling of the sun seemed more important than their life.

  14. Erma Morales

    The film uses Restoration of Primordial Chaos as one of its ending points; the crew has to make an ultimate decision by killing one member in order for the rest of them to live. They make this decision based on the fact that Trey is the one who caused the chaos in the first place. Then the fact that Pinbacker has gone completely insane due to the sun's affect on him, the crew still manages in spite of all the chaos to remember that life on Earth is way more important than any of their own problems.

  15. Nadee Ramirez

    the road to the center is one of Eliade's concepts from Myth of the Eternal Return, and it can fit to the movie Sunshine. The center would be the sun and the fact that the crew members are driving towards it, it would make it the road to the center. the crew members have a mission to save human race and therefore have to drive to the road of the center.

  16. The Eliade's concept found in Sunshine was the road to the center since the crew was on a mission to the sun. It was also explained in the film that human race depended on the sun making it the center of humankind.