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Adaptation is a natural instinct that all living beings have but only to a certain extent In the movie Cast Away the protagonist named Chuck Noland is forced into adapting to an environment which is nearly impossible to survive on for more than a few weeks He finds himself stranded on an isolated tropical island after a disastrous plane crash kills all passengers but him He remains trapped on the island for four years and does so with the help of three important things Initially it is the picture of his girlfriend Kelly that motivates him to survive to get back to her Secondly it is a volleyball named Wilson which served as a link to society as well as his only friend Lastly and the most important aspect which exemplified his adaptation was his large and crucial character change A pocket watch Kelly gave him just before his flight tellingly represents his loss and his new understanding In it he keeps her picture like a shrine to his hopes for leaving the island However the pocket watch no longer keeps the time because time stands still for Chuck He has nowhere else to be no longer a schedule to keep With Kelly in mind Chuck strives to survive and adapt to the land in order to get back to Kelly Although Kelly is rarely seen in the movie she played a key role in Chucks mind Her photo was his motivation on the island to survive it was the last thing he saw before bed and the first thing he saw when he awoke Secondly one of the most notable aspects of the film is the volleyball named Wilson Wilson was inside a parcel from the plane and when Chuck discovers it he immediately connects to it His lack of human contact causes him to turn to Wilson the painted with a face as his only friend and he is in constant
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