Reality In Ariadne's Inception

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Inception (2010) excoriates the perplexity of reality due to the human psyche’s reliance on our empirical senses when discerning reality from illusion. Nolan achieves this via the fabrication of dreams and memories; a concept that is heavily reliant on visualisation. During the exposition and Ariadne’s “first lesson in shared dreaming”, Ariadne is oblivious to the supposed dream world in which she was residing in until Cobb enquires with the imperative “Think about it […] How did you get here?”. This exemplifies the external stimulus discussed earlier, that allows an individual to discern between reality and illusion. Immediately, Ariadne’s anagnorisis is captured by a visual hypophora – the close-up shot of the frenetic cup of coffee and spoon, …show more content…
During inception, the subject wakes up with this implanted thought and acts upon it, unknowing of its origin – “An idea is like a virus […] It can grow to define or destroy you.” In itself, dreams are a form of subliminal advertising and therefore, the ideas we produce in reality may not be as original and real as we perceive it to be. For this reason, how can we be so sure that our reality is genuine? This is the didactic message which Nolan establishes during the denouement and set by the notoriously ambiguous spinning top scene. However, as audiences, aren’t films also a form of media and therefore, subliminal advertising? The director of a film also ‘picks and chooses’ what they want the audience to perceive. Coincidentally, the roles of each major character in the film are representational of a film crew as confirmed by Christopher Nolan during an interview with ‘Entertainment Weekly’ ; Cobb (who guides the team) is the director, Arthur (who coordinates Cobb’s plan) is the producer, Ariadne (who designs the basis for the dream world) is the screenwriter who produces the script, Eames (who impersonates other characters) is the actor, Saito (who funds the project) is the studio executive, Yusuf (who provides the sedative for the technology to function) is the special effects artist, and Fischer (who is the target of the inception) represents the audience. Therefore, Inception is an analogy for filmmaking – Nolan as a director is also planting ideas into our minds via the medium of film; not that Inception is a hypothetical euphemism of our future, but that it already blatantly exists! Although a film deviates from the conventional medium of what is considered ‘media’, it is still considered media in the sense that it communicates ideas to a mass audience. Inception is, therefore, a

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