History Relies On Facts And Their Context To Interpret Events. How Do These Two Films Explore These Issues?

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Facts are events that exist and history, the act of recording and understanding past events that happened. Both movies were invaluable in validating the fact that history depends very much on facts and their context to interpret Memento highlighted the importance of knowing the facts and the consequences of drawing conclusions without fully comprehending them. Lenny the protagonist, suffers from anterograde amnesia, and is unable to generate new memories. Hence, he is forced to record them down through other means such as Polaroid photographs and tattoos. Leaving himself without much to work with, he has numerous misconceptions about his past. In the course of analyzing our history, we observe through this movie that having as much of the pieces as possible will allow us to generate a more complete picture of our past. As we later observe, it becomes obvious that Lenny appears to have been manipulating his perception of reality through his selective interpretation of his pictures, notes and tattoo system. This raises a second issue with regards to how purposeful manipulation of ones knowledge of the facts can result in an entirely different reading of a particular situation. The movie Rain Man shows us how having all the facts may not be the entire solution to solving the mysteries of our past. Raymond Babbitt has a superb memory and is able to recall and recollect every memory since his earliest childhood days. Yet his condition renders him unable to fully comprehend and use the information he has in a meaningful manner. All his memories, however complete, are like jigsaw puzzle pieces thrown in a giant bowl, incoherent and incomprehensible. From the movies we realize that not only knowing the facts but being able to see the facts in as an objective a manner as possible is crucial in enabling us to have a more accurate story of our past. History is very much

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