Paper Proposal: Castaway

I decided to go with option A and write my paper about the film Castaway. First I will write about how Tom Hank’s character ends up stranded. Then I will talk about the experiences that he has on the island, and how he relies on the materials provided for him on the island to survive. Then I will discuss his life after being saved, and how is experience has changed his life. I will conclude my paper by sharing what  we can learn from this movie. 

Burleson, Wade and Rachelle. Castaway’s Great Ending and Lessons Learned When Facing A New Crossroads in Life. Istoria Ministries, 20 September 2009. Web. 28 July 2013. <http://www.wadeburleson.org/2009/09/castaways-great-ending-and-lessons.html>

Anonymous. Double Escape: An Analysis of Castaway. Ohio State University, n.d. Web. 28 July 2013. <http://www.ohio.edu/sharpe/eng151/text/analysis_cast-away.htm>

Goldman, Rebecca. Ecosystem Services: How People Benefit from Nature. Environment Magazine, September 2010. Web. 28 July 2013. <http://www.environmentmagazine.org/Archives/Back%20Issues/September-October%202010/ecosystem-services-full.html>

Davis, John. Psychological Benefits of Nature Experiences: Research and Theory with Special Reference to Transpersonal Psychology and Spirituality. Naropa University, May 2008. Web. 28 July 2013. <http://www.johnvdavis.com/ep/benefits.htm>

Ryan, Richard. Spending Time in Nature Makes People Feel More Alive Study Shows. University of Rochester, 3 June 2010. Web. 28 July 2013. <http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3639>

 

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One response to “Paper Proposal: Castaway

  1. Hi Rorie– I think Castaway is a great choice of film. You should be able to find a lot to say about it. Your proposal, though, concerns me some in that you do not offer a thesis or even any clear sense of what you will focus on in your discussion of the movie (“what we can learn from this movie” doesn’t say nearly enough). Based on your preliminary bibliography, I’d guess that you’re going to talk about the psychological benefits of being in nature, which is certainly one angle you could take. (Of course, Tom Hanks’ character probably gets a little more “nature” than he needed, and the psychological impact was not necessarily beneficial — as evidenced by his best friend being a volleyball. :)) But my point is really to press you on the question of what your paper will specifically try to argue: what is the central claim you will make and defend? Your proposal as presented is a bit too vague.

    Another related point is that your outline seems heavily focused on summary. A good interpretive study of a film (as opposed to a review or even a screening report) should be careful not to get wrapped up in rehashing the plot. I would assume that your audience has seen the film, so that main plot points can simply be referenced, rather than re-told. Of course, if you are giving a detailed interpretation of a particular scene, then you may well find yourself spending more time talking about what happened in that scene, which is fine. But in general, try to keep plot summary to a minimum and focus more on what you think it all means.

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