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Why does Tom Hanks' character never open up the last package?

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During his time on the island in Cast Away, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) never opens up one last FedEx package, even though it could have made his escape or his survival easier. Why is this?

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Tom Hanks's character works for FedEx, and sees it as his job that the package reaches it's intended destination safe and sound, and most importantly unopened. While the package remains closed he still has a chance to deliver it. And delivering it means that he gets off the island.

It was a way of keeping himself sane and keep his hopes up.

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Its quite simple, the package had a picture of wings which represented to him to stay alive. Getting off the island was a bonus, if not for the sail 4 years later he had no plans on leaving, it was pure luck he was found, the package was motivation so thats why he protected it and didn't open it, if he did meant he would likely kill himself or die in depression, get sick, etc.


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Why does Tom Hanks' character never open up the last package?

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During his time on the island in Cast Away, Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) never opens up one last FedEx package, even though it could have made his escape or his survival easier. Why is this?


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Tom Hanks's character works for FedEx, and sees it as his job that the package reaches it's intended destination safe and sound, and most importantly unopened. While the package remains closed he still has a chance to deliver it. And delivering it means that he gets off the island.

It was a way of keeping himself sane and keep his hopes up.

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Sane, in contrast to going nuts and talking with Wilson the face-ball - nilon May 22 '16 at 0:23

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