In the movie Cast Away (2000), Tom Hanks plays FedEx executive Chuck Noland

In the movie Cast Away (2000), Tom Hanks plays FedEx executive Chuck Noland, who survives a plane crash at sea, only to find himself alone on an uncharted island. Noland must improvise his survival, learning how to obtain food and fresh water, build a shelter, and create fire. But by far his biggest challenge is dealing with his isolation from others. Realizing that he will be presumed dead by all who knew him and likely live out the rest of his days alone on the island, Noland sinks into despair. To emotionally save himself, he creates a friend with whom he can interact: a volleyball named Wilson. Wilson becomes his constant companion, to whom he talks

Since Cast Away’s release more than a decade and a half ago, “Wilson the volleyball” has become iconic. Numerous YouTube videos spoof Noland’s conversations with Wilson; you can buy Wilson T-shirts, tote bags, and even coffee mugs of “Wilson”. But beneath the satire and silliness lies a deeper truth about our basic nature. Human beings are fundamentally social creatures, with a powerful need to have interpersonal contact with others.

  • Read this New York Times article (Links to an external site.) discussing the ‘science’ and psychology of ‘Wilson’ to deepen the quality of your post in the discussion forum.

incessantly.Discussion Forum Instructions

Contribute to the discussion forum by reflecting on the following question as it relates to Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs:   

1. Your post consists of two components:

Part A. What human need did “Wilson the Volleyball” fulfill for Chuck Noland? Apply Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and relevant vocabulary to your post. Highlight vocabulary in bold.

Part B. Write informally about a time when you were alone, without television or any of the ordinary distractions you experience as part of your daily life. Include details about the time alone: Where were you, what was it like, how did you pass the time? Utilize Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and relevant vocabulary in your post. Highlight vocabulary in bold.

2. Responding to peers in threaded reply:

Respond to a minimum of two peer posts by thoughtfully sharing your personal interpretation of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Highlight vocabulary in bold.

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