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Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

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Department of English

708 Sierra Tower
Phone: 818.677.3431

English Department Website

Humanities Program

Sierra Hall 194
Phone: 818.677.6762

Humanities Program Website

Cast Away - Film Analysis Assignment


For your film analysis assignment, please rent or purchase the film “Cast Away” (2000). Although you will be viewing “nature as fiction,” I would like you to consider the thematic and psychological metamorphosis the character Chuck Noland (played by Tom Hanks) undergoes during the course of the film. For your 750 word analysis, please discuss ALL of the following story elements. Remember to post your analysis on our Turnitin page by the due date listed in our schedule.

1. The Chuck Noland Character

     a. Attitudes as Federal Express Executive
     (Time-Obsessed, Motion-Oriented, Frantic Work Schedule)

     b. His Relationships Before Crash
     (Fiancee Kelly, Fed Ex Employees, Family)

     c. His Relationships on Island
     (Self, Wilson, Fed Ex Packages)

     d. His Relationships After Return/Rescue

     e. His New-Found Attitudes Toward Life, Love, Nature.

2. Life on a Deserted Island

     a. Survival Skills
     (food, fire, clothing, shelter, escape)

     b. Coping with Loneliness/Isolation

     c. Desperation/Hope and the Future

PLEASE NOTE: Because this assignment will be discussed by peers in a discussion forum, papers posted on Turnitin AFTER our the due date cannot earn a grade higher than a C!!!