Essay PreviewMore ↓
During the late 80’s, Phil Alden Robinson developed a sensational story that revolved around a real life account of a sport tragedy. The viewers were immersed in a touching account of how sport, a social interest, can play a powerful role in human bonding; thus becoming a very spiritual component of life. It in itself has a profound effect on the societies’ spiritual experiences; and just like religion can respectfully be considered a form of spirituality for a modern society, as exemplified in Robinson’s movie ‘Field of Dreams’. This story resonates far beyond the power of dreams, its appeal lies in a vision of a perfect sport and the love for which can inadvertently resolve issues no matter how grand. The plot at first presents itself as a complex; or maybe even a strange series of events, but somehow its scenes string themselves into a moral about redemption and deep interpersonal bonds.
‘Field of Dreams’ is a diversified script that constantly evolves, but mainly revolves around the game of baseball, ‘the greatest game ever invented’. The game that according to some avid spectators, completely and thoroughly transcends and binds the country to past, present, and future--generation to generation. In this movie this national pastime represents an avenue that finds the connection to the soul of a great audience; somehow insinuating that baseball acts as a means of fulfilling individual spiritual needs. These needs are that of a ‘sense of belonging’, a need to participate in sport, either vicariously as a spectator or directly as a participant. Moreover the desire to engage in distraction and play may be intrinsic to the human psyche. The theme throughout the movie was based on the legendary story of the Chicago White Sox of 1919, where the question was raised on the issue of the team’s “sportsmanship” and the ethical behavior of several teammates during the World Series. This left the image of America’s most idolized team tarnished and lead up to a ban of eight players from the sport; for an ‘unsportsmanlike’ like conduct in the series. The public view of the game up until then was that of perfection, it was clean and straight; but afterwards, the lack of fair play especially coming from such highly ranked players, ended up affecting fans’ enthusiasm for the entire sport. As the movie nears its ending, Robinson evolved on the concept of having utterly devoted fans and as if in a mystified manner drew them in to this already mystical place, just to have them see the most idolized team of ‘the golden age’ play once again.
How to Cite this Page
"Field Of Dreams." 123HelpMe.com. 18 Aug 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Phil Alden Robinson's Field of Dreams Was Ray Kinsella a triumphant hero who dared to live his dreams, or merely an insane lunatic who blindly followed voices that could only be heard within the confines of his mind. Although either of these theories could be argued successfully, the idea that this intrepid man was indeed a hero is supported by a list of characteristics that generally indicate a classical hero. In the movie, Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella was introduced to the viewers as an ordinary man, living an ordinary life, in an ordinary town.... [tags: Film Movies Field Dreams Essays]
1074 words (3.1 pages)
- Faith is an important aspect in everybody. It helps us see God, and believe in him. Our faith is always tested when there is a hard theological decision to make or somebody else trying to break your bold with God. The movie Field of Dreams, is a great example of how staying true to your faith can sometimes be hard. In this movie, the main character Ray Kinsella shows his faith in what he believes he should do. In the beginning of the movie Roy hears a voice from the corn saying, “If you build it he will come.” At this point Roy has no idea who is talking to him or what about.... [tags: Faith]
861 words (2.5 pages)
- Field of Dreams During the late 80’s, Phil Alden Robinson developed a sensational story that revolved around a real life account of a sport tragedy. The viewers were immersed in a touching account of how sport, a social interest, can play a powerful role in human bonding; thus becoming a very spiritual component of life. It in itself has a profound effect on the societies’ spiritual experiences; and just like religion can respectfully be considered a form of spirituality for a modern society, as exemplified in Robinson’s movie ‘Field of Dreams’.... [tags: Movies Film]
1192 words (3.4 pages)
- If you build it, will they come. That is the question facing David Beckham and his fellow Major League Soccer investors today. Many critics will say South Florida is a soccer cemetery, at least for the domestic game. There are tombstones marked Gatos, Toros, Miami FC, Fusion and a few with the legendary Strikers nickname that lives on in the new NASL. However, a bit of digging shows Miami is not the graveyard it is supposed to be. I grew up here. I remember listening to the Miami Toros play on my transistor radio.... [tags: league, florida, investors]
1049 words (3 pages)
- The Struggle of Dreams Displayed in the Film Field of Dreams Chasing a dream is an adventure worth taking a risk. Achieving them is just the very beginning to one's happiness. Childhood is spent mostly daydreaming about the future, however, the question is asked, "Will these dreams come true?" To pursue dreams, one requires hope, patience, and effort if they are to be fulfilled. Bette Davis once said, "To fulfill a dream, to allow to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life.... [tags: Papers]
754 words (2.2 pages)
- “Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.” ― Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams "My dream was grey and foggy. It started off at the beach with my 2 year old son and boyfriend. The beach was in a glass box. My son then had an identical twin and they were getting washed away by the water. I yelled for my boyfriend to help me but he refused to help. I finally was able to save my son and the twin from the waves. I Then take my son and walk out of the glass box. I no longer have my son and there is a black spiral staircase.... [tags: Understanding Dreams]
4239 words (12.1 pages)
- Introduction Starting from the ancient times human was always interested in strange phenomenon of sleeping and especially in dreams. Dreams were described in different ways. For instance, dreams were explained psychologically like images of sub consciousness and feedback of neural processes in human’s brain. Spiritually, it was described like messages of god (C.S. Lewis, nd). Remarkable that not only human have ability to see dreams but several species of animals (Wilkerson R. 2003). For example, rat’s sleep is almost same as the human’s they have multiple stages of sleep starting from slow wave sleep to REM stage of sleep (Animals have complex dreams, 2001).... [tags: Psychology, Dreams]
2860 words (8.2 pages)
- Animal Dreams "'Stop it!' I yelled. My heart was thumping. 'You're killing that bird!'" - Codi Noline, Animal Dreams Those are the words of Codi Noline, a brave heroine with her mind set on rescuing a beautiful but defenseless peacock from horrible torture by a group of demented children on her first day back in her hometown of Grace, Arizona. Much to Codi's chagrin, the bird turns out to be just a piñata, spilling candy and bright treasures rather than a gory mass of blood and bone. The children aren't a pack of hopelessly troubled youth engaging in animal mutilation for sport, only a normal group of kids participating in a party game very common to the Southwestern Mexico-influen... [tags: dreams]
1952 words (5.6 pages)
- We go to sleep every night and wake up every morning. I’m sure we can all remember having some sort of dream and wondering about it’s meaning. We can’t really explain what went on in our minds but we still search for some meaning. Some times these dreams bring good sensations, and sometimes bad ones. I’ve heard many things about dreams. My friend once told me about a television show she saw. It was about dreams. I immediately became intrigued because they always amazed me. She told me that there are four stages of sleep.... [tags: Expository Essay, Informative Essay]
2201 words (6.3 pages)
- Dreams FOUND: An intelligent young woman on the verge of graduating seeks an opportunity to further her education. Coming from a small family, this extremely driven and focused woman needs your help in pursuing her dreams. She would like nothing more than to have a chance to better herself and her future. Going to the college of her choice poses a problem to her family however. The lofty expense of tuition may deter her aspirations of earning a degree and a potential career as a physical therapist.... [tags: essays papers]
573 words (1.6 pages)
While in another fashion, “a sense of a spiritual happening” is also insinuated as the author introduces the concept of a ‘lost soul’. This perhaps this is the most overt method the author could have used to symbolically tie spiritualism to the love of baseball. In order to resonate to the audience Robinson conceives of a character with a simple unfulfilled wish. Archie ‘Moonlight’ Graham, a rookie back in the day, seemed to have received a crushed spirit after achieving so much to get to the Major Leagues, but when getting there his career ends abruptly and he loses his chance at his fifteen minutes of fame. This was a man who had accomplished so much and was capable of that much more, that at the end of his life he remained only a restless spirit because of the lost chance at completing his simple childhood wish. The message that the mysterious voice reiterates, “Ease his pain”, is a phrase that could also have been insinuating to relieve Doctor Graham’s pain, just as it instructed Ray to lighten spirits of the old writer Terence Mann. As the movie came to a conclusion, we realize that amongst many other things, that is exactly what the purpose of the message was. Doctor Graham eased his spirit when getting that final wish to participate in a Major League game, as he played along the side of every one of his idol players, his soul was satisfied.
The first message Ray receives; “If you build it, he will come” brings about a hint at the main theme that the author tries to convey to his viewers. Throughout theme revolves around this unexplained underlining of the plot, which is founded on a lost relationship between a father and a son. The relationship itself is thought to have been a difficult one. The director revealed from the beginning that there was no other sign of commonality between Ray and his father but an intense passion for sport, suggesting that their bond is solely based on that enthusiasm. Through out the movie Ray, the main character, receives telepathic messages by which he is continually reminded of his late father. He follows through with what the supernatural calls are insisting he should do, even when going against everything; his family, economic pressures and even his own instincts, just so he could solve this mystery. After so many unrelated events take place he finally realizes that everything that occurred was meant to lead up to only one event, the reconciliation between him and his father’s soul. His father (John Kinsella) being an avid baseball fan and a player in his youth, reaches out to his son the only way he knew. The spirit gives him a chance to experience being surrounded by the greats, and with that approach reconnects with his son after so many lost years.
The intrinsic appeal of sport for many people is the uncertainty of the outcome and Phil Alden Robinson utilizes the very same concept throughout his scrip. He develops the plot outline and he figuratively shows some misses and hits for such extreme spirituality towards the sport. While developing his script, interestingly he shows it in a manner as the game would progress itself; unpredictably. Ultimately Robinson manifests a story that is written in the spirit of the sport, by taking the greatest tragedy in history of baseball and glamorizing it. He insinuates that from a global perspective baseball will forever remain the all time favorite sport, no matter what. As he continues to write, he connects the spirituality to the sport on a much deeper level as he shows the building of the field, a space where the spirits of the past come alive and become content with being given a chance to relive their life long passion. Lastly, shows how the spirit of the game can create bonds on a deep emotional level, simply by having common interest or creating a hobby that two individuals can share, in order to strengthen their relationship. Robinson has most definitely succeeded demonstrating, in multiple ways, how a sport can be a foundation for spirituality.