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“Cast Away” Reviewed Through The Eyes Of A Transcendentalist

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Developed in the late 1820s, Transcendentalism was a philosophical, literary, and intellectual movement that emphasized the individual and living a simple life. It invited people to transcend knowledge that merely existed in reason and logic into knowledge that truly lies within imagination, freedom, intuition, and self-reliance. Interestingly enough, Transcendentalism itself was able to transcend time, as transcendentalist ideas still live in our culture in the works of the 20th century poets Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens. This philosophy is not only communicated through literature itself, but it’s also manifested and celebrated in contemporary films such as “Cast Away” ...view middle of the document...

However, as the story unfolds, we see him accepting nature's tendencies and also accepting how unpredictable nature can be. For instance, Chuck takes advantage of the coconuts found on trees as his source of water. He also learns how to make a fire using wood and becomes adept at spearing fish. On top of that, he feeds on crabs; nature’s well-offered meal. In the aforementioned examples, we can clearly detect the ideas of transcendentalism depicted in this movie. Nature is not man’s foe, but rather an ally people must strengthen their bonds with.
Throughout the movie, we tend to discover the imaginative and creative side of Chuck; a person we first come across as too busy to unleash his creative potentials. Seeking company, Chuck draws a face in the bloody hand print on the volleyball he found in one the FedEx packages, names it Wilson and begins talking to it. One might look at this incident as a self-defense mechanism Chuck uses to maintain his sanity, but it certainly demonstrates how far Chuck has come along in using his creative juices and losing his stiff and serious qualities. In addition to that, we observe how assiduously Chuck uses a large section from a portable toilet as a sail in the construction of a raft. Besides that, Chuck expresses a plethora of emotions in different situations in the movie from rage to pain and even satisfaction which delineates the nature of a human being and how important it is to celebrate, express, and cherish your own emotions. The above examples serve to demonstrate how significant and essential imagination and emotions in the philosophy of transcendentalism are.
In the turmoil of all the events Chuck goes through, we can definitely observe a major twist in his character and see a human being growing as the film progresses. At the beginning of the movie, we...

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