Cast Away

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Cast Away Extra Credit
* In comparison to his first few days on the on the island, what differences did you notice in Chuck Noland after he resided there for four years? What changes take place the longer that Chuck is on the island? --During the first few days of living on the island, Chuck tries to save the packages that he managed to save, but after a while of living on this island, he opens the packages in hope of finding something useful. This is the start of his shift into becoming disconnected with his previous life. Before, he was a very precise and detailed man. After a while Chucks stops thinking the precise and detailed way he used to think, but begins thinks in terms of survival.

* Describe the psychological state of mind for Chuck in Cast Away. How does Chuck react to being stranded on the island and why (address things like his age and perspective regarding isolation/alienation)? --Chuck is very precise before he became stranded on the island. After living most of his life in a extremely ordered world, he has troubles converting to a place where order and exactness doesn’t exist. While on the island, he tried to control as much as he possible could, even when and how he could die. However, being that precise, allowed him to realize that he could not even hang himself the way that he wanted. This caused psychological pain since he now realized that he couldn’t even kill himself the way that he wanted, showing how little control he had over his own life. After opening most of the packages that he was able to save, he discovers that he has created a face on the volleyball that was in one of the packages. By calling the volleyball “Wilson,” allows him to deal with the isolation that he is forced to face while on the island.

* What is the human condition in the film and how do modernism and the “modernist temper” affect that condition of or play into the condition? -- The modernist temper is when people try to hold on to the past, even...
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