Phil Connors from "Groundhog Day"

Topics: Meaning of life, Groundhog Day, Life Pages: 2 (518 words) Published: May 23, 2013
At the start of the movie known as ‘Groundhog Day’, we see the protagonist, Phil Connors, a selfish, arrogant weatherman who goes to the city of Punxsutawney to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But when he stays there overnight, he starts reliving Groundhog Day over and over again, though no one else is aware of it, as it is only affecting Phil. At first, he is confused, but when he meets two men that he’s befriended, he asks them: ‘If this way your last day ever, what would you do?’

The men answer basically the same, do anything they wanted to. From hearing this, Phil starts to take advantage of the situation: playing pranks, smokes, eats unhealthy food, steals money, seduces women, drives recklessly, etc. But in doing this, gains no fulfilment in his life. Eventually Phil becomes tired of taking advantage of everything, and tries to end the time loop in any way possible, including numerous suicide attempts, but this doesn’t affect the time loop whatsoever. Seeing himself as helpless to the situation and asks Rita what should he do, and Rita tells Phil that he should work to improve himself. Inspired by this and by how kind and generous Rita is, Phil wants to learn more about Rita and the town each day. He begins to use the knowledge he obtained to help as many people as possible, as well as learning how to play piano, ice sculpting and speak in fluent French. Eventually, Phil befriends everyone he meets during the day. He is able to save lives, help townspeople, crafts an extraordinary report on Groundhog Day. And throughout doing all this, he finds fulfilment and becomes a better person. In the book of Ecclesiastics in the Bible, we see Qohaleth/Solomon looking back at his wealth, accomplishments and possessions and he sees them as meaningless. Even though he had everything, he was still dissatisfied. And so, he conducts experiments to search for the meaning of life. The first experiment was trying to satisfy himself with pleasure. He bought many...
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