Field of Dreams

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When I was younger I thought that I would enjoy Field of Dreams (Robinson, Kinsella, 1989) because it was a baseball movie. I remember watching it and not liking it because baseball was secondary to the actual plot. Since I was so young I never caught the actual meaning of the movie or what lesson it was trying to portray. This movie is about second chances, and having a dream that you feel is lost. It is also about having faith in your dreams even if they seem unreachable. The power of belief is what makes dreams come true. It doesn't matter how long it takes, "if you build it they will come." Baseball is used as a metaphor in Field of Dreams (Robinson, Kinsella, 1989) to explain how the main character Ray Kinsella attempts to reclaim his innocence. The All American theme of playing catch with your dad is re-visited and it is the premise of the whole movie. The whole plot culminates at that one pastime that so many fathers and sons enjoyed. The viewer finds out that Ray, and his father have never had a good relationship when Ray refused to play catch with him one day. They never reconciled their differences and Ray's father dies. At this point in the movie, we can start to realize how important our relationships with our parents are. The expectations that we set for them as children are no where near what we achieve as we grow older. As a child though, we feel that our parents are invincible. We expect them to make everything work out the way we want it to. When they fail to do that we lose faith in them, and begin to push away from them not realizing that one day we will be in the same shoes. The saying "you'll understand when your older" is a perfect reminder of what we can expect when we become parents. When Ray's father dies he hears a voice say "if you build it, he will come." It was a subliminal message but Ray had visions of a baseball field in his head as he heard the voice. At first he doesn't understand what it is all about, but he gives in to the...
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