Analysis of Movie: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

The movie Terminator 2 is a futuristic science fiction picture that consists of a woman, Sarah Connor, trying to protect her son, John, who will one day save the world. This movie is embedded with many references to nature and culture. The nature and culture relation is contained in the essay, "Oppressive dichotomies: the nature/culture debate" by Penelope Brown and Ludmilla Jordanova. The film Terminator 2 illustrates the ideas of Brown and Jordanova by showing this woman - Sarah Connor - as possessing the traits of nature (nurturing) and also possessing the traits of culture (logic, rationality, and independence). This movie, however, portrays a different set of binary oppositions than Brown and Jordanova do. Because Sarah Connor is both nature and culture, the opposition is not between these two traits. Instead, it is between this combination of nature and culture and the technology trying to destroy them. It also goes beyond these authors' arguments in the sense that Brown and Jordanova feel that technology is vital in culture, while the film portrays the technology that is created as turning against its creators, the humans.
This movie is about technology going beyond what it is programmed to do, and finally taking over the human race. John Connor sends a robot, the terminator, back in time to protect himself as a child, and to help in stopping the production of this technology that will otherwise one day take over the world. There is another terminator, the T-1000 model, which is a terminator made out of liquid metal and is sent back in time to terminate John Connor while the other terminator is protecting him. John Connor's mother, Sarah Connor, is in Pescadero mental hospital for her attempt to blow up a computer factory and her radical ideas about the end of the world, but she eventually escapes and meets up with the terminator and her son. They then are on a mission to eliminate everything which might pose a threat to mankind, such as the factory where future terminators will come from, and kill the T-1000 model to save the world. This movie contains a conflict between the terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the T-1000 model terminator. The movie ends with both terminators being eliminated, the T-1000 being killed(terminated) by the terminator and the terminator orders Sarah to terminate him for the good of the planet. Although this movie is meant for entertainment, it also reflects the theories of culture written by the authors Brown and Jordanova in their essay "Oppressive Dichotomies: the Nature / Culture debate." In their essay, Brown and Jordanova feel that it is not possible for anyone - man or woman - to portray nature and not culture. They state that "for human beings to have culture, nature has to yield their manipulations"(Brown and Jordanova 514). Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 illustrates this idea of a woman possessing traits of both nature and culture. She shows definite nurturing traits and cultural traits throughout this film.
In Terminator 2 Sarah Connor shows the nurturing qualities that are usually associated with women. A relation to nature and gender can be analyzed here. Why is a woman closer to nature than a man is? This question is looked at by Sherry B. Ortner in her essay "Is female to male as nature is to culture?" Ortner attempts to answer this question in her essay.
"We can sort out for discussion three levels at which absolute physiological fact has significance: (1) woman's body and its functions, more involved more of the time with 'species life' … (2) woman's body and its functions place her in social roles that in turn are considered to be at a lower order of the cultural process than a man's; and (3) woman's…psychic nature, which, like her physiological nature and her social roles, is seen as being closer to nature"(Ortner 497).
One scene in the movie where Sarah Connor shows her a trait of "nature" is near the beginning where she is in the mental hospital in Pescadero. While she is being questioned about her dreams, she states that during the destruction of the world she sees children that look like "black paper flying apart like leaves." This