Presenters

Beau PullenFollow

Academic department under which the project should be listed

RCHSS - English

Faculty Sponsor Name

Anna Weinstein

Abstract (300 words maximum)

This presentation analyzes the character development in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster film Inception (2010). I will be diving deep into the character writing aspect of the film and how well Christopher Nolan achieves that. Although story is masterfully crafted, the importance of this presentation is the characters of the story. The main character, Dom Cobb, is internally tortured by the death of his wife. Despite him trying to reassure everyone that everything is fine, it ultimately manifests into the dream worlds that they enter and mess things up. Ariadne’s character is a college student who studies architecture and is then used to create the dreamscapes that the characters enter. Her character is also used as the person that sees through Cobb’s lies and tries to pry open his secrets. There are scenes where it’s mainly just Cobb and Ariadne talking about Cobb’s mental state and how it’s a problem. Nolan crafts it in a way where both characters are tied to each other and need each other so that they can accomplish their goals. Mal Cobb is Dom’s deceased wife, but she serves has both a mental and physical antagonist. Within the dreamscape, she’s as real as everything else within the dream and can hurt people and mess with things. At the same time, this version of Mal is from Cobb’s mind and serves at the internal torture that Cobb must endure. One aspect can be seen as the characters physically battling Mal within the dreamscape. The other aspect is Cobb letting go of the guilt he feels for the cause of Mal’s death and learning to move on from it. I will break down and discuss how Christopher Nolan constructs his characters from a writing point of view and why it works.

Disciplines

Screenwriting

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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Screenwriting Commons

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Inception: A Screenplay Analysis

This presentation analyzes the character development in Christopher Nolan's blockbuster film Inception (2010). I will be diving deep into the character writing aspect of the film and how well Christopher Nolan achieves that. Although story is masterfully crafted, the importance of this presentation is the characters of the story. The main character, Dom Cobb, is internally tortured by the death of his wife. Despite him trying to reassure everyone that everything is fine, it ultimately manifests into the dream worlds that they enter and mess things up. Ariadne’s character is a college student who studies architecture and is then used to create the dreamscapes that the characters enter. Her character is also used as the person that sees through Cobb’s lies and tries to pry open his secrets. There are scenes where it’s mainly just Cobb and Ariadne talking about Cobb’s mental state and how it’s a problem. Nolan crafts it in a way where both characters are tied to each other and need each other so that they can accomplish their goals. Mal Cobb is Dom’s deceased wife, but she serves has both a mental and physical antagonist. Within the dreamscape, she’s as real as everything else within the dream and can hurt people and mess with things. At the same time, this version of Mal is from Cobb’s mind and serves at the internal torture that Cobb must endure. One aspect can be seen as the characters physically battling Mal within the dreamscape. The other aspect is Cobb letting go of the guilt he feels for the cause of Mal’s death and learning to move on from it. I will break down and discuss how Christopher Nolan constructs his characters from a writing point of view and why it works.

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