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Utopian Concepts In The Beach Essay

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Why do we search for something greater than our existence itself? What makes us crave the unknown, the unexplored? Since the beginning of time, humanity as a whole has always tried to better itself, to perfect the art of civilization. The Beach is a prime example of human kind's quest for the perfect society, our own Utopia. In our minds, a Utopia is the "perfect" community, where no flaws are established, no problems occur. Yet, human kind typically will always destroy itself, no matter how perfect their community seemingly is. Deterioration of these makeshift communities is inevitable. This is exactly what happened to the community at the Beach. Their discreet society was single handedly destroyed by one man, named Richard. Richard, the main focus of the film, displayed the three most inevitable traits of human kind. Richard exposed the Beach by one simple map, afraid of leaving the comforts of home completely behind; he inhabited Earner Goubvich's statement that "The innocent eye sees nothing," and he exposed the Utopia for what it was, not for what everyone thought it was. Richard was the sunglasses that filtered and separated reality from fantasy, and in the end, destroyed the Beach's utopia completely, by introducing pure reality.

Rousseau beliefs' were similar to the ones held by the Romantic Paradigm. Both Rousseau and the Romantic Paradigm state that human beings are naturally born completely self-sufficient and self-governing, yet once socialized, they are dependent and very restricted on what they can and can not accomplish by themselves. Romantic thinkers such as Rousseau rejected the common laws of society, and the rationality of civilization. Rousseau's statement, "Man is born free, but everywhere in chains," fully illustrates how society, no matter how small a group, club, or even island, will always be shackled down by their own laws and convictions. A child can illustrate a good example of this idea best. This child dreams of beginning a club, something that is unordinary to the rest. He is self-sufficient and depends little on others. Once he gets the club established and built, the first instinct to this child is to select a head official for this club. Someone who will take charge and set down laws and boundaries, the idealistic leader. Even as that small child, you want guidelines set by a leader, a strict paradigm that the whole group has to obey, and if it's challenged in any way, the challenger is punished. Your ."..innocent eye sees nothing." You don't see anything wrong with this process, not realizing that these rules and boundaries set so early on, will become the grave of all your hard work, the death of your dream.

Richard, like the small independent child stated above, is the entrepreneur, the dreamer. He craves an unordinary journey; he doesn't want to be just like every other tourist that explores Bangkok. Almost as if faith answered Richard's prayers, Daffy was introduced. Daffy,...

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