Essay by Nuša Novak based on the movie Never Cry Wolf
What does Rosie mean when he says “We’re all prospectors up here”? I have to start by pointing out that out of all the questions from the study guide, this was the only one that made me think and the only one I thought is worth debating about. Rosie is a character in the movie, played by Brian Dennehy. He is a middle-aged man, a part-time bush pilot, gambler and a real-estate tycoon, who flies Tyler out to the Canadian Tundra area, because he is the only one who has a plane in Nootsack. I found him very strange, even at the beginning of his appearance in the movie. There’s something eccentric and queer about the way he laughs and looks at Tyler while he’s doing it. My first thought was that this guy is a little crazy. Then I realized that there’s more to him. When Tyler and Rosie are in the plane, Tyler seems terrified. He even keeps his eyes closed and questions his decision of flying out for his research, while the plane is taking off. Unlike him, Rosie gives the impression that he is not afraid of anything, as if he doesn’t care if he lives or dies. He just keeps grinning and laughing hysterically. At first I didn’t understand this kind of behavior, but when Rosie starts talking to Tyler about why he’s going where he’s going, what’s in the valley of the Blackstone–gold, oil … everything starts making more sense. When Tyler answers him, that it is kind of hard to say, what’s in the valley, what he’s searching for, Rosie replies that he’s smart for keeping his own counsel. Then he says the famous sentence: “We’re all prospectors up here, eh Tyler?” and then he continues: “Scratching for that one crack in the ground, so we'll never have to scratch again.” At first I wasn’t sure if I had the right idea what the word prospectors meant. I looked it up in the dictionary and found out the proper explanation, that a prospector is someone who looks for gold, minerals, oil, etc. I believe that he meant that...
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