The Bucket List Reaction Paper

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Kristin Villavicencio
Idea Critique #1
Phil-1113 Bond Love
22 Oct 2012

“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls go to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. Have you found joy in your life? Has your life brought joy to others.” This quote came from Carter Chambers, played by Morgan Freeman in the movie “The Bucket List.”

The Bucket List is a movie about two men who meet in the cancer ward and are roommates. Both men form an unlikely friendship as they come from different walks of life. One is a very wealthy man, the other, a mechanic who worked his whole life to support his family. They are both diagnosed with cancer and are given less than a year to live.

Carter Chambers is the mechanic and Edward Cole (played by Jack Nicholson) is the corporate billionaire who owns the hospital they meet in. Carter begins writing a “bucket list.” The bucket list is a list of things he would like to do before he “kicks the bucket”. Edward finds Carter’s bucket list and decides to add to it and help him fulfill his wishes before he dies.

Carter’s bucket list consisted of simple wishes such as “help a complete stranger, “find joy in your life”, “laugh until I cry” and “witness something truly majestic”. When Edward revised the list he added things on like skydiving, getting tattoos and traveling to different places around the world. Together they both set off to begin crossing things off the list.

While in Cairo, the two men sat on top of a pyramid and began discussing the meaning of life and what the ancient Egyptians did when they died. That is when Carter’s quote came into play. As he was telling Edward the story about the Egyptians, he asked Edward “have you found joy in your life?” “Has your life brought joy to others?” Edward hesitates a bit and then proceeds that tell Carter about his estranged daughter whom...
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