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2001: A Space Odyssey Film Summary & Analysis

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Characters

Dr. Dave Bowman played by Keir Dullea

Description

Dr. Dave Bowman is a trained astronaut in his late thirties and is considered the more intellectual of the two Discovery human crewmembers. When approaching any problem he relies on reason and intellect to find a solution. Bowman is an amateur artist and more of a renaissance man than his fellow crewman Poole. He is the one who is more likely to ask the deep questions about what will be the ramification to any action he considers taking.

Analysis

In 2001: A Space Odyssey, the character of Dave Bowman represents a modern Moonwatcher. He is the pinnacle of how far reason, logic and curiosity can take the human race. In Clarke's novel we learn that Moonwatcher received his name from his habit of looking at the moon and wondering what it was, a thought that had not occurred to...

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