Friday, October 21, 2011


For this post, analyze one name from the film Sunshine

1.  What is its etymology (its word history)?  What does the word mean?
2.  Are there any mythological figures with the same name?  Are there any historical figures with the same name?
3.  Why is this name apt for this character?

Capa (or Kappa)
Pinbacker (or pin-backer)


  1. MACE:
    1.The name Mace is an English originated name. In English the meaning of the name Mace is a heavy staff or club. It was also a medieval weapon used by knights to break armor.
    2. One historical figure with the name Mace was William Harrison Mace. He was a professor of American history. One mythological figure with the name of Mace is Mace Windu. He was a male Korun Jedi Master in Star Wars.
    3.I think the name Mace is appropriate for the character because he is a tough guy that will argue his point no matter what. He is strong and determined to accomplish whatever he sets out to do. We saw this in the scene when he knew they needed to kill Trey in order for a chance of survival. Even through Cassie didn’t agree with the choice the group made, Mace knew exactly what had to do in order to try to survive.
    ~Kayla Risenhoover

  2. Cassandra:
    1.)The name Cassandra is of Greek origin and means "the unheeded prophetess" or "shining upon man."
    2.)There is a Greek mythological figure named Cassandra who was given the gift of prophecy by the Greek god Apollo. However, Apollo later places a curse on Cassandra so that nobody believed her prophecies. A historical figure with the same name is Casandra Peterson, an American actress who is best known for being the hostess of Movie Macabre.
    3.) This name is quite fitting for the character in the movie because this character displayed some prophetic abilities. For example, she always had a dream of her falling to the surface of the sun, which did eventually happen later. Like the Greek mythological figure, Cassandra from the movie Sunshine displayed great foresight but also exhibited helplessness in her lack of power and control among the other characters.

  3. The name Harvey means is related to army/army warrior and battle/battle-worthy. It is descendant of Harvey (bitter; carnage, worthy).

    A historical figure with the name of Harvey is William Harvey (april 1578-June 1657). He was an English Physician who discovered the systemic circulation and properties of blood. Harvey (Herve) was also the saint of the blind and son Hyvarnion (a poet) and Rivanone. Also, there is a place in Illinois called Harvey.

    I think the name Harvey is apt for the character because he exemplifies what a warrior should be like. He is the captain of Icarus; therefore, he sets discipline and boundaries. Throughout the movie, Harvey is fierce, brave, and honorable. He only cares about completing the mission and about surviving himself: he does not really care about the other characters. Therefore, he is a warrior whose ultimate goal is to save his own life.

  4. Corazaon
    1)Corazaon means heart in spanish
    2)Corazaon Aquino is a former Filipino President in Philippines.
    3)Corazaon was the biologist on the ship and tended to the oxygen garden, which provided oxygen for the entire crew. This is significant because she responsible for circulation of oxygen on ship as the heart is responsible for circulation of blood in the body.

  5. 1. What is its etymology (its word history)? What does the word mean?

    The name Icarus is of Greek origin and means "perhaps he follows."

    2. Are there any mythological figures with the same name? Are there any historical figures with the same name?

    In Greek mythology, Icarus was the son of Daedalus. Daedalus built a pair of wings made of wax and feathers to use to escape imprisonment by Kind Minos. Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun because the heat would melt the feathers. Icarus, feeling ambitious, flew too close to the sun and fell to his death.

    3. Why is this name apt for this character?

    Like in Greek mythology, Icarus the spaceship, flew close to the sun and consequently fell to its death.

  6. 1. The name Kappa is the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet, used to represent the voiceless velar stop, or "k", sound in Ancient and Modern Greek. When spelled as Capa it may refer to people.
    2. One mythology meaning is Čhápa (often misspelled as Capa) which represents the beaver spirit and lord of domesticity, labor and preparation. Also Cāpa, symbolize a Sanskrit term for an arc of a circle. A historical figure with the same name was José Raúl Capablanca, a Cuban who was known for becoming a chess world champion.
    3. I think the name Capa is apt for this character because he was considered the outcast of the crew. He did not let being the outsider stop his understanding of being the only one who truly knew the progression of the payload. He displayed courage, bravery and boldness when the time permitted. Therefore, he is significant because he is the arc of the ship saving the day.

    ~Lakela Spencer

  7. Corazon
    1)The word Corazon comes from the spanish lanuage meaning "heart." The word can be defined as the heart, courage; spirit lover. The word also means love, affection, compassion or sympathy.
    2)Corazon Aquino was a former president of the Phillippines.
    Corazon Mizzi was a singer in the Maltese Island.
    3)Corazon was to control the green room on the ship, to make sure there was enough oxgyen level to survive.This name relates to the character within the movie, "Sunshine," because she was down to earth, free loving because she was into organic things. Corzon matches with her character becasue she was had the heart of the ship she was responsible for their surival. She as also the most compassionate and loving.

  8. 1. What is its etymology (its word history)? What does the word mean?
    The name Trey as a boy’s name is pronounced trey. It is of Middle English origin, and the meaning of trey is “three”. This name derives from the world gaming, which is a three in cards.
    2. Are there any mythological figures with the same name? Are there any historical figures with the same name? There are not any mythological figures with the same name. Neither there is any historical figure with the same name.
    3. Why is this name apt for this character? Trey is a somewhat popular first name for men but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. Trey in the movie is second in the command. Trey is assigned to adjust the ship’s course to rendezvous with the original Icarus. He is focused on so many details that he fails to adjust the outside shield (the gigantic disc containing the payload) by a small degree. Alarms blare within the ship, and “Icarus” the computer cannot correct the damage.Since trey is an important name that comes from a game, trey kills himself, so therefore he played the game of life and could not handle it so he kills himself.

  9. In Greek mythology Icarus,the Latin spelling conventionally adopted in English. Icarus comes from Greek orgin it means " perhaps he follows" . Icarus was the son of Daedalus. Daedalus gave a warning to Icarus about not flying to close to the sun due to the heat. The name is apt for the character, because in the movie Icarus flew close to the sun like he was warned not to, but he failed.

  10. Icarus
    1) Is latin, from Greek Ikaros. He was the son of Deadalus who escaped imprisonment by flying into the sea and drowns when the wax of his wings melts as he flies too near the sun.
    2) Icarus was the son of Deadalus in Greek mythology.
    3)The name Icarus is apt for this spaceship because in Greek mythology Icarus flew so close to the sun making the wax on his wings melt, resulting in him falling to the sea and drowning. In this movie the spaceship Icarus was destroyed when it came close to the sun.

  11. 1. Kaneda is Japanese male name meaning “'rich, wise, or wealthy.”
    2. Some historical figures with the name Kaneda are Hiroshi Kaneda (born 1953) an astronomer, Masaichi Kaneda (born 1933) a baseball player, and Sekiryo Kaneda (died 1949) the president of Nintendo.
    3. Kaneda demonstrates wisdom because in the movie he figures out how to fix the solar panels.
    Francisca Torivio

  12. Capa (Kappa):
    1. What is its etymology (its word history)? What does the word mean?
    - The name Kappa etymology comes from Middle English, Greek and Semitic origin
    - The name Kappa is the tenth letter of the (Greek) alphabet (K), transliterated in the traditional Latin style as "C."
    - Capa is also the red cloak of a bullfighter.
    - Kappa is derived from the term for the robe "Capa."
    - What I thought was really interesting about the name "Kappa" was that in Japanese mythology it is a water demon that looks like a turtle with a bowl shaped head that contains water. If water is taken out of the demon's head, the monster will lose its power.
    2. Are there any mythological figures with the same name? Are there any historical figures with the same name?
    - Robert Capa was a Hungarian combat photographer and photojournalist who covered 5 different wars. The Spanish Civil War, Sino-Japanese War, World War II, Arab-Israeli War, and Indochina War.

    3. Why is this name apt for this character?
    - I see a connection between the character Robert Capa and the original Robert Capa in the real world. In the movie "Sunshine" Robert Capa is a physicist who operates the star bomb. He is also the lonely type guy whose always not involved in the group. This was probably due to the fact that he only knew the operation and true impact of the bomb. On the other hand, the original Robert Capa was a famous photographer and he knew the true impact of the wars he photographed because the environment said it all. They are both professional and intelligent in the area they decided to work in. The light of a bomb in both scenes the movie and real life represent the same idea. The character in the movie an the real person in life deal with bombs and light in their professions. Therefore, the name makes a lot more sense now than it used to.

    Sandy Torrealba

  13. Icarus is derived from greek origin. Icarus was the son of the mythological character, Daedalus. Icarus was trying to escape w/ his father from where they lived but the wings they were using to flee were made of wax that ended up melting. In the movie, Icarus was the name of the vessel they were traveling in to reach the sun. Traveling too closely to sun would kill everyone on board.

    -Monica Fraga

  14. Searle:

    1. The meaning of Searle is "armor". Its origin comes from Old English.

    2. A historical figure with the name of Searle is John Searle. This name is set as John's last name. John Rogers Searle (born July 31, 1932 in Denver, Colorado) is an American philosopher and currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy.

    3. This name is apt for this character because in the movie Searle plays the role of the doctor and psychiatrist. This exemplifies the armor, shield, and protector to the rest of the crew. Also when they are about to leave Icarus 1, he volunteers to stay behind and commits self sacrifice. Searle does this for Capa's, Harvey's, and Trey's survival back to Icarus II. .

  15. 1. The name Kaneda is originally from Japan. The meaning of this name is wealth. This name is usually given to males born to a rich family.
    2. There were no mythological figures with this name but there is historical people that carry this name such as; Hiroshi Kaneda who is a famous astronomer,Sekiryo Kaneda who was the president of Nintendo and Masaichi Kaneda a professional baseball player (pitcher). All of these characters have lived up to their name meaning since they are all wealthy.
    3. The name Kaneda does fit the character because the meaning of the name is wealthy and wealthy is usually linked with success and Kaneda is a successful and brave character.

    Gricelda Gonzalez

  16. 1) Searle is of English origin and means armor.
    2) John Searle is a famous philosopher from the United States.
    3) The name fits Searle because he was the onboard psychiatrist. He took care of the crew and acted as a shield against the craziness that can happen when you are on a mission like they were. Also in the movie Searle volunteers to stay behind and sacrifice his own life for the others.

    Ashley Coyle

  17. In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. Is his attempt to escape from Crete Icarus, with wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax, ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun; the melting wax caused him to fall to his death. In this movie by going close to the sun, Icarus II is going straight to destruction and it is destroyed.
    --Heriberto Osorio

  18. For the spaceship to be named Icarus was a very unique thing I noticed even before this assignment. Greek mythology was one of my favorite parts of middle school English classes. The spaceship, in a way, was portraying the same Icarus from Greek mythology. The Greek myth is of a boy named Icarus, son of Daedalus, has a man made pair of wings. These wings were made by his father who was a craftsman. Icarus was warned not to fly too close to the sun for the wings were made of wax and flying too close would cause the wax on the wings to melt. Icarus disregarded these warnings and attempted to escape. He ended up flying to close to the sun and as warned, the wings stopped working. Icarus fell to his death. The spaceship take on the same type of story. Obviously the spaceship was not a real animal that could fly into space. It was an artificial pair of wings, so to speak. The spaceship lost its shield and in the end, fell to its own death.

    Icarus from Greek myth is the only other story of this name that I could find. The name was a perfect fit for the spaceship and a very clever decision made by the writer.

  19. The name Harvey originated from a region of France. It means worthy of battle

    Saint Herve was a blind Breton saint from the 6th century believed to have had powers to cure animals. William Harvey was the first British physician to prove that blood flows in a circulatory system.William Henry Harvey was an Irish botanist.

    This name is apt for the character because in the film, he was the co-captain of the spacecraft. Being the fact that he was captain, he must have earned his position, therefore making him worthy of it. Towards the end, he attempts to survive until the very end, but unfortunately in the attempt to jump into the spacecraft from the 2nd one, he shifts to the side and freezes to death.

    Erica Hernandez

  20. 1. What is its etymology (its word history)? What does the word mean?
    Harvey is a masculine name and it means battle-worthy or battle warrior. It originated in England by Bretons at the conquest.

    2. Are there any mythological figures with the same name? Are there any historical figures with the same name?
    Their are no mythological figures with the same name although there is an English physician by the name of William Harvey who became the first person to describe in great detail the systematic circulation and properties of blood to the body by the heart
    3. Why is this name apt for this character?
    The name Harvey was appointed to the character because of its heroic and warrior qualities the character portrayed in the film. Harvey was 2nd commander of the ship as well as the communications director making him contribute “battle-worthy” qualities through out the film. He didn’t give up while trying to complete the mission until his death just like a warrior would have.

  21. 1.Mace is a blunt weapon. It is a type of club or virge used as a weapon in the miidle ages. It is also a type of tear gas used by police. The word originated from England.

    2.A mythological figure with the name Mace is Mace Windu a character from starwars.

    3.This name is apt for this character because it is a strong character. It symbolizes authority and it is straight to the point. It is a word of attack, and that is exactly what we saw from the character in the film.

    Eric Baylon

  22. Cassandra is origin Greek and mean who entangles men
    In Greek mythology Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. She was blessed with the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but after shunning he was doomed to never be believed.
    Cassandra Mortmain is the heroine of 'I Capture the Castle' by Dodie Smith. In the 2003 film she was played by Romola Garai.
    "C Cassandra's Dream" is the name of a 2007 Woody Allen written and directed movies
    St starring actors Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell.

    The name is apt for the character because in the same way on the mythological has prophecy power, in the movie she predicts their dead through a dream because she always dreams to be burner for the sun and eventually this happen.

    Mayra Sosa

  23. 1) The word icarus means an asteroid approaching the sun.

    2) Icarus was the son of Daedalus, a Greek god. Daedalus made his son wings and Icarus flew too close to the sun where his wings melted and he fell to his death.

    3) Icarus was the name of the ship in Sunshine. It flew too close to the sun and eventually burned up.