Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind is an American sci-fi romantic film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories.


So how does Eternal sunshine use analogical and metaphorical thinking in order to achieve it’s own creative innovation? Well it uses the notition of transferring ideas from situation to situation. In this case the film has borrowed an idea from a previous author and re-defining this idea as a new theoretical perspective on things. ES used or “based its title” on a poem called Eloisa to Albertard by Alexander Pope where forgetfulness s the heroin’s only comfort this idea is used as a domain, effectively using analogical thinking by taking a previously existing idea and using it in a more modern and understandable idea of the effect people have eon each other and impact of realationships and the nature of memories and romantic love. It’s obvious that the film has analogical thought as it uses intertextual references of Alexander pope’s quote the same ones it’s based on. 

“How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!                               Image

The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!

Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;”

-Alexander pope


Clementine : “You are lost and gone forever”              

The characters name Clementine is derived from the poem oh my darling Clementine a popular song sung by huckleberry hound, the song has a similar idea of loosing someone. Reinforcing the same analogical thoughts the writers of the film had. As our minds become sensitive to the role of analogical thinking in the creative innovation you will notice many ideas bored from previous authors and novalists. 

“How do we in our wildest fantasies desire the closure to operate”- (Gordon 1961 Pg49)


We can also use the fantasy Analogy to build the role of analogical and metaphorical thinking in creative innovation by finding the ideal solution to a problem. This can only work when the idea is so far fetched that we violate our common scene. In this case giving our selves brain damage to erase someone from our minds the idea impossible made plausible. Quote or in this case how do we forget and and the idea is born.




Davis, G. A. (2004). Creative inspiration through analogical thinking. Creativity is forever (pp. 145-170). (5th Ed.). USA: Kendell/Hunt.

Ebert, Roger, Great Movies review of Eternal Sunsine of the Spotless Mind. 06-09-2012

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved02-09-2012

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