A comparison of inception by christopher nolan and the myth of theseus and the minotaur

Of course we all knew this was going to happen, just not with who. Nolan himself told us that was one of the things we were meant to ponder. The Minotaur was quite telling because it confirmed a theory I had, which is that Dolores is the master of the maze. In Inception, Dom is no longer able to make the mazes, so he "outsources" the job to Ariadne.

A comparison of inception by christopher nolan and the myth of theseus and the minotaur

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Sat Aug 12, 1: I thought it was really, really good, but like others, I think it's far too convoluted to absorb fully in one viewing, so I may try to see it again before it leaves theaters. Something mentioned in this thread, albeit only in passing, was the significance of Ariadne's name.

She's the daughter of King Minos of Crete. The myth of the minotaur and the labyrinth is popular enough that I won't recap it in toto, save to say that Ariadne is the one who provides the magical thread that allows Theseus to find his way out of the labyrinth after killing the minotaur.

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In the myth, she doesn't design the labyrinth--that's Daedalus--but she does help the hero find his way out. So, all that said, bring on the spoiler tags! SpoilerShow So why does Inception flip things and put Ariadne in the role of architect?

Or perhaps it's a misdirection? My interpretation, which is based on my limited understanding from one viewing so cut me some slack! Just when Cobb is ready to go off the grid, Saito appears in a helicopter with an offer Cobb can't refuse, and when Cobb meets Eames, he's being followed, but IIRC we never who the thugs' employer is--doesn't the film suggest that Cobb's paranoia is part of his desire for punishment due to his lingering guilt over Mal?

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Perhaps the thugs, as projections of Cobb's subconscious, are staring at Eames, who's an intruder. By saying that they're following Cobb, Eames could be tricking Cobb so as not to ruin the dream-illusion. Miles Michael Caine introduces Cobb to Ariadne in the first place, which may be significant.

Miles doesn't reappear until the very end, and this just after Ariadne exchanges a warm glance with Cobb as they clear customs. This glance was curious for me, as Ariadne wasn't particularly invested with Cobb on an emotional level--after Fischer's subconscious minions stage a shootout in the rain, she says she's only sticking around because the others don't know what they're getting into vis-a-vis Cobb's issues.

She's also not invested in the mission: I don't recall her being present at any of the conversations involving why it's important that Fischer break up his father's company. So her stated investment here, aside from a payday, is that she's fascinated by the possibilites inherent in the conscious construction and manipulation of dreams.

A comparison of inception by christopher nolan and the myth of theseus and the minotaur

So where's her emotional tie to the mission? But she does more than just stick around; she even accompanies Cobb to limbo in order to confront Mal and rescue Fischer. After nearly getting killed multiple times, which earlier led to anger at Cobb's irresponsibility, she shows a completely different emotional investment by smiling warmly at Cobb, as if there's a sense of shared accomplishment.

As it's portrayed in the film, limbo is a super-super deep level of the subconscious, at least four five? Ergo, it's a really deep and primal level for Cobb to finally let go of Mal.

And that's where he finally does, and not in a "you're causing problems for me" way, but in a deeply emotional way--this is the most poignant scene in the film for me, and DiCaprio does an excellent job here.

So the mission isn't to build a three-tiered dream in order to create a deeply subconscious change of heart for Fischer, but rather a five-tiered dream if we consider the "surface" narrative itself to be a dream constructed in order for Cobb, who's obviously developed a serious guilt complex around Mal, to have a super-deep change-of-heart.Christopher Nolan interview for Inception Christopher Nolan, (where her ball of thread helped Theseus find his way out of the Minotaur’s maze), which hints at her role as a creator of.

Even though she makes it possible for Theseus to escape the Labyrinth, the hero breaks his promise of marriage and deserts her on an island. Ariadne reminds us a lot of Medea who helped Jason get the . Inception Christopher Nolan The name Ariadne alludes to a princess of Greek myth, daughter of King Minos, who aided the hero Theseus by giving him a sword and a ball of string to help him navigate the labyrinth which was the prison of the Minotaur.

hero Theseus by giving him a sword and a ball of string to help him navigate the. Christopher Nolan, director of Memento, and The Dark Knight, tends to let his twisty genre deconstructions speak for themselves.

But he agreed to talk to Wired about the decade-long inception of. Inception is a science fiction action film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan, and co-produced by Emma alphabetnyc.com film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious, and is offered a chance to have his criminal history erased as payment for the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious.

Aug 21,  · On “Inception” and “ A Space Odyssey” At first glance, Christopher Nolan’s film Inception is a clever variation on The Matrix.

But Nolan adds a second mythological layer to Kubrick’s Odyssean one: that of the labyrinth and the story of Theseus and the minotaur. Cobb recruits an architect named Ariadne.

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