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I have two question about the movie Cast Away:

  1. After a few days in the island, Chuck Noland's body was full of injuries and wounds. Why didn't any of them get infected?

  2. What is the meaning of the last scene? (Chuck, looking toward the ranch or maybe the truck.)

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Since those two questions are completely unrelated, it would be a better idea to make those separate questions in order to facilitate individual assessment and answers. –  Napoleon Wilson Apr 21 at 18:49
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Yeah, if one person answers 1 very well and another 2 very well ...... who gets the 'accept' prize? Really this would be better as two questions. –  iandotkelly Apr 21 at 20:16
    
I answered both very well so no need to worry. –  Morgan Apr 22 at 2:56
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Related meta question: meta.movies.stackexchange.com/questions/1246/… –  iandotkelly Apr 23 at 23:47
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@AndrewMartin "Can the question not simply be edited to make it a little clearer as opposed to separating it out?" - The problem is that those two questions aren't related in any way. It's not that there could be any connection constructed with some alternative wording (though, unfortunately it's rather the 1st one that could be deleted, but that just as a side note). –  Napoleon Wilson Apr 24 at 11:48

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  1. Why should they? Or better: They probably did but that normally is not as serious as your question implies. The human body's immune system is made exactly for this. You need to be quite unlucky to get a deadly infection from surface wounds. And as a frequent traveller his vaccinations certainly were up to date. Probably he would have retained more visual marks in reality than there were in the last scenes.
  2. A new beginning, new choices, a fresh start, several roads to choose from, don't mourn the ex but search for new people. A new live, a rebirth, for the bureaucracy a literal one (as his colleague mentions who did the paperwork - Chuck should be forever grateful for that). But an open end, he can begin a new life as he pleases, a chance you seldom get. It's good that the film makers didn't explicitly answered that one.
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As far as question #1 goes, salt water does wonders for healing abrasions and cuts.

Question #2. He's looking at the truck because he wants to go back and pursue the woman who he dropped the package off to.

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+1 for salt water –  Cawas Apr 22 at 22:47

Question #1 He DIDN'T get an infection because the writers didn't write one into the script. It would have made for a very short tragic story. If they had applied more realistic consequences, he would have quickly died of the numerous infections without antibiotic and proper medical treatment. The penetrating wounds, cuts, gashes, blisters and lacerations he received from the coral and drift wood are notorious for depositing bacteria and foreign objects into the body resulting in infection and blood poisoning. Ocean water itself is full of microbes, bacteria and particulates. Sorry but an exceptional suspension of disbelief is required for this plot device to work.

Question #2 He always wanted a truck and was weighing the possibility of stealing it... and the girl.

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"I answered both very well so no need to worry." - really? The first question was - Why DIDNT he get infected not what SHOULD have happened. Answer 2 - How did you infer this? –  Bobby Alexander Apr 22 at 7:35
    
@BobbyAlexander He DIDN'T get an infection because the writers didn't write one into the script hotshot. How hard is that to deduce? –  Morgan Apr 22 at 16:44
    
@Morgan Well, that could at least make for an actual answer, why not add it in? –  Napoleon Wilson Apr 22 at 17:39
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-1 How exactly did you deduce #2? –  System Down Apr 22 at 18:22
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@Morgan "Was I suppose to answer BOTH questions correctly?" - Yes you were, that's the problem with a double question, it's hard to answer it "very well" completely. ;-) –  Napoleon Wilson Apr 22 at 21:08

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