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

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! :') 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

Well Chuck Nolan wanted to see his wife back too, I think it is what made him the most wanting to fight and get back "home". The package for me bore wings, that was probably symbolizing how he could fly back. I think he talks about launching his raft into the air. Plus he could be wanting to bring back any other package and cling to life, why specifically the one with wings ? well because of wings

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