Stranger than Fiction explores death as one of its main themes.  In the beginning of the film, Crick is leading a repetitive, seemingly meaningless life, until he hears the voice of his narrator implying his future death. It is upon hearing this that he makes it a point to seek help. After meeting Professor Hilbert led Crick to believe that his death was unavoidable, his life suddenly took on much more meaning and purpose. Rather than continue his monotonous lifestyle, Crick pursued his interests, like learning to play the guitar and pursuing a love interest. As a viewer, these changes stood out to me, and raised some interesting questions.

While Stranger than Fiction does not identify with any one particular religion, Death is a theme identified by nearly every religion. Crick’s change in lifestyle perpetuates the idea that if we know our time is limited, we will want to find our purpose in life and make our time spent on earth more meaningful. This stood out to me as a viewer, because Crick made purposeful changes in his life believing death was in his future. However, death is in everyone’s future; every day we are all a little closer to death, so why is it that everyone is not making strides to have more purposeful lives despite knowing that death is unavoidable? Furthermore, the nature of the relationship between Eiffel and Crick reflected one similar to that of the nature between God and people in Christianity. Crick’s life was predestined, written by Eiffel. While Crick may have believed that he dictated his own life and made his own conscious decisions, in reality, everything he did was already being mapped out by Eiffel as part of a picture that he was not aware of. This film is especially intriguing because it features Crick attempting to change Eiffel’s mind about killing him. This posed some internal questions to me of whether or not our lives are truly predestined, and if they are, do we have the ability to communicate with a higher power and change his mind about our destinies? Are our lives really destined if we can change them? Stranger than Fiction explores the theme of death from several different perspectives, and prodded me to think about these questions about the religious theme of death long after I had finished watching the movie.

11 thoughts on “Death”

  1. This idea of predestination, and how Eiffel controls Crick’s life, reminds me of The Truman Show, in which Christof “directs” Truman’s life. In both cases, Eiffel and Christof play the role of God, but from what I understand, Crick and Truman are in slightly different situations. Truman was unaware of the outside world and the people controlling his life for almost the entirety of the movie, causing him to take charge of his own life and explore the world around him. In contrast, Crick is not allowed to freely live his life, as he is aware of the force that controls his life and time of death. It makes me wonder how predestination affects how one lives out his or her life, and the limitations or lack of limitations it sets for him or her.

  2. I liked the concept you brought up of Eiffel controlling Crick’s life and that his actions are all predetermined by her and how you connected that to God. But I also thought that maybe Crick and us as well have free will but the choices that we make are just known rather than chosen for us. So maybe Eiffel isn’t making his story, only putting it on paper?

  3. Yeah I agree, death is the overarching theme of the film. It is the call to action for the protagonist in the film. This post most directly relates to our topic of religion and spirituality. I have never watched this film before, but now I actually want to. Keep it up!

  4. Predestination is kind of a mind-boggling topic and I like the rhetorical questions you posed to the readers to get them thinking. It’s kind of hard to process that maybe our lives have all been planned out and that every we decision we think that we’ve made on our own, is really all part of a huge plan that we’re unaware of.
    It would have been an interesting idea if you juxtaposed the idea of predestination with the belief in free-will and talk about how it’s possible (if it is at all) for both to exist at the same time.
    Overall, I enjoyed reading! very thought provoking.

  5. I didn’t even think of this theme. I think it is important because of the fact that death is something uncontrollable and inevitable. I found it terrifying when I found out that Eiffel was controlling Crick’s life. It isn’t normal to think about those things. Everyone fears the unknown and the most unknown of them all is death. It just gives me chills thinking about it.

  6. i like your insight on this film regarding death , a statement of yours that really pointed out to me was ,”While Stranger than Fiction does not identify with any one particular religion, Death is a theme identified by nearly every religion. ” , it is amazing that you were able to think of death in the movie with a deeper meaning of religion , meanwhile most people would have only viewed it as blatantly death.

  7. I find it interesting to associate Eiffel with God and Crick with the average human being. It seems as if we are often convinced that life cannot be completely predicted nor planned, so what if there is some greater being manipulating every existing factor that structures our lives? Perhaps God does have some sort of predestined path for everyone that we inherently follow, and in order to connect with this greater being, we search for some sort of salvation to save us from inevitable death.

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