Form and Meaning with a focus on symptomatic meaning


In reference to the movie “The Bourne Identity” of which I enjoyed all of them, not only the movie but I also enjoyed the books the movies were based off. The events of the movies, in my opinion, run right alongside of the current events and the way society acts and thinks today. The movie is full of action from beginning to end. The type of action is usually violence. For example the first movie starts out with Jason waking up on a fishing boat after having been shot and left for dead. Jason is the main character that essentially is the one running around killing people but the film makes the audience like and roots for him. Society today is all about guns, violence, with the premise of protecting one’s self. Today many people seem to just want to take justice into their own hands. In the movie Jason is an agent who at one time was brainwashed by our government to not know who he really is or where he came from.  The injury Jason received (gunshot) triggered something that made him click and start to remember vague things about his past. Many people today in society tend to believe that the government in this country or any country has people on their payroll similar to the character in the movie. There was an article in Time magazine 10/8/1951, written about brainwashing, psychological warfare, emotional conditioning, indoctrination, communism, socialism & youth. This article although written many years ago still seems to “fit” into some of what we see today.

In this article, which written about China and Communism, talks about “washing the brain” to essentially get people to think and act the way the government requires. In the Bourne movies much of the same methods are described or shown in some of the characters sporadic flashes of memory. Once enrolled in the process and I don’t believe that in China or in the movie the candidate really knew exactly what the enrollment for sense of duty or serving their country really meant.  What actually happen the candidates experienced sleep deprivation, starvation and torture. The candidates ended up conforming to the requirements just to survive. They came out the other side and new and different person.


Society today tends to enjoy these types of stories whether it is a book, TV show, or as in the case of the “Bourne Identity” a movie.  There is violence everywhere which seems to be socially accepted as part of the “norm” in today’s world. Is it okay for governments to have secrets so deep that even the secrets have secrets? Yes, I enjoyed the action packed, thriller movie about Jason Bourne. I ended up on Jason’s side. How could we allow this type of thing to happen to anyone? It does happen. Society accepts that it happens. Society pretends to be outraged but yet it is a way of life just as in China many years ago. Same thing, different tactics, different titles, different weapons, and same violence against humanity. Oh well, just lock your doors, buy a weapon and move on. Movies such as “The Bourne Identity” are very entertaining but at the same time promote violence, brain washing, and weapons of all kinds to our society. Much of today’s society tends to believe everything they read, see and hear. Movies such as this explicitly make government appear to be the enemy.[1]


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