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The Theme Of Hopelessness Seen In Lost

1065 words - 5 pages

There is a time in every person's life where a person loses hope, whether it is over reconciling an old friendship or over attempting to arrive back home to society. On numerous occasions, the audience observes the latter throughout the pilot of the television series called Lost. Further, the audience notices the scene in which Sayid discovers that the transceiver is receiving a signal and he utilizes it to attempt to communicate with someone off the island. In this scene, the theme of hopelessness is seen through the characters' verbal and non-verbal actions as well as the situations they are constantly being put into. This scene represents the thesis of the episode, which is someone can still overcome the situation they found themselves in even though that person feels hopeless.
The first instance in which this scene represents the theme of hopelessness occurs at the beginning when the characters discover that the transmission they hear on the transceiver is in French and it is in reality a loop (Pilot: Part 2 38:18). While this is going on, the audience gets a close-up on several characters facial expressions. The characters facial expressions are all the same. These facial expressions show hopelessness, confusion, and uncertainty. In addition, the characters feel moderately lost.
The theme of hopelessness is represented again when the transceiver's battery starts to die before Shannon could finish translating the whole recording that the characters are hearing from the transceiver (Pilot: Part 2 40:25). Once the audience can tell the transceiver's battery is about to die out through some weird sounds and then the silence, they see Shannon's facial expression turning from complete concentration on what she is translating from French to English to moderately uncertain and scared of what she just translated from the transceiver. Shannon is moderately certain in her in her translation, but she is in fact uncertain and scared of what the person was talking about on the transmission. In addition, she is feeling moderately hopeless about what this situation could hold for her and the rest of the group. Shannon as well as the other characters will be wondering what could possibly happen to them, what is the person talking about about the transmission and will someone come and rescue them.
Another instance in which this scene represents the theme of hopelessness occurs when Shannon discovers that the transmission has been repeating itself (Pilot: Part 2 39:01). Once Sayid discovers this out, the characters facial expression changes from hopefulness to hopelessness. Through the characters facial expressions, they are in some state of denial and lost some hope pertaining to getting off the island alive. While these thoughts are occurring in their heads, the characters will become more confused and lost than they were before they came up towards higher ground. Afterwards, the characters will think of some other way to call or find help to get off the...

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