The Terminator Essay

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The Terminator

James Cameron’s 1984 film, The Terminator, is about a cyborg, called a terminator, that is sent back into the past to kill Sarah Connor, the mother of John Connor, the leader of the human resistance. A soldier, named Kyle Reese, is also sent back to protect Sarah (Terminator). In the film’s 1991 sequel, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (T2), the Terminator returns, not to kill Sarah, but to protect young John from the T-1000 (T2). During the course of these two films, the character of Sarah Connor dramatically changes from weak woman to a warrior woman. She transforms mentally, physically, and emotionally. Not only does she change in this manner, but her role in the films changes as well.

Sarah’s purpose and significance
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This is not the only instance where Sarah’s presence put John in danger. She acted irrationally by trying to kill Dyson, the scientist that unintentionally caused the human enslavement by machines. When John and the Terminator follow, John was at risk. Also, the T-1000 morphed into Sarah, hoping to trick John (T2). If Sarah had not been there would have been fewer chances that the T-1000 could get his hands on John. From Terminator to Terminator 2 Sarah’s character goes from essential to unimportant.

Her mentality is radically different in Terminator than in Terminator 2. In the first film, Sarah is a very emotional, human character. She is frightened of the Terminator, and reacts to her situation in a predictable fashion. She becomes upset over the death of her friends and the other Sarah Connors, and she freezes when she first sees the Terminator (Terminator). This would be how most people would act if they were in her situation. In Terminator 2, however, she has transformed into a very inhuman character. Where as John sees the value of human life and even tells the Terminator not to kill, Sarah no longer cares about who lives or dies with the exception of her son. She has given herself the responsibility of trying to stop the future by destroying Skynet, the company that creates the machines that enslave humanity (T2). She does not care who she has to kill to meet this goal. Her logic is that it is okay to kill a few people to

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