An Anaylysis of Cast Away

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An Analysis of Cast Away Gina M. Orlando ENG225: Introduction to Film (GSJ1115D) Instructor: Sharon Hanscom April 29, 2011 An Analysis of Cast Away In the 2000 film, Cast Away starring Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, as a “FedEx systems engineer whose ruled-by-the-clock existence abruptly ends when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island” (Washington Post, 2000). Through analysis of this film, we explore how Chucks’ consistent existence in everyday life is dramatically changed as he struggles to survive on this remote island where he discovers his own personal journey has merely and only just begun. By viewing this 32 scene selection films’ technical and literary elements, and in addition to its contents,…show more content…
Another major element of symbolism is the volley ball with the name brand Wilson on it now becomes his imaginary friend. This helps him to maintain his sanity by giving him some form of communication that he can have someone to talk to. This is the concept or idea that helps him survive through these catastrophic times. Additionally, the volley ball could be somewhat as a visual metaphor that helps the audience better relate to and understand the need for communication as a method for sanity and survival as well. On another note, satire is not really used in this film to show the ridiculousness of this dramatized film. There may be just some minor satire with the communication he has with this volley ball which he gives him the name Wilson, when Chuck gets frustrated and yells at the ball. Other than this, no other satire is noticed. Irony being another literary element of storytelling is used in the film Cast Away and the element of situational irony is applied here. According to our text, Film: From Watching to Seeing, authors Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011) states, “situational irony occurs when we expect one thing to happen and something else does” (p. 2.4). An example of this occurs in the scene; Welcome Home, when the audience may expect Kelly his old fiancé to still be waiting for him but instead Chuck finds out in this scene that she has married another, whom had been Chuck Noland’s old

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