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In the climax of Cast Away, Chuck (Tom Hanks) writes a note on the Fedex box which states that this package has saved his life. How exactly did that package save his life?

If I am correct, he never opens that package during the course of the film. Does it mean that he wants to deliver that package, which gives him a reason to live? Or have I missed something?

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What you all said is very correct.But I have my opinion that the symbol on the package is the model for the sail that he prepared from the plastic section(sheet) that reaches the shore .As the symbol has wings encircled with water ,he may think that it helps him fly against the tide. And we can see him drawing the symbol – user5359 Jul 7 '13 at 12:46
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You pretty much answered your own question.

The package that Tom Hanks' character held onto throughout his ordeal was the one thing keeping him going. His determination to see the package delivered gave him a purpose in life and, even though it seems trivial in nature, sometimes even the smallest goals can give people in trouble the strength to carry on and survive their predicaments.

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Yup. The biggest obsticle in survival is beating depression and hopelessness – DForck42 Jun 30 '12 at 21:17
"Whatever it takes" – Tom Jul 7 '13 at 22:13
Really amazing movie! :') – displayname Jul 8 '13 at 6:47
I like the parody of the end scene when the lady opens it and it contains an inflatable raft and a gps tracking device. – user7829 Apr 25 '14 at 9:22

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