Essay about Bucket List
October 15, 2012
The Bucket List
Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.
Edward (Jack Nicholson) is used to living a lavish life and it showed in the hospital scene. His personal assistant Thomas (Sean Hayes) comes every morning and makes him his usual espresso and is taking care of all his personal matters. Edward has the mentality that …show more content…
One night Carter starts putting his Bucket List together of things he would like to do before his final days. The next morning Edward finds it crumpled up on the floor and asks Carter what it is. Edward contemplated the idea and told Carter that he wanted to do these things and make dreams happen for Carter. Carter was very hesitant because he does have a wife and family and he was thinking of them, at first. After much talk Carter decides that he is going to take this journey with Edward despite the fact that is wife was WAY against the idea. Carter said in the movie, “I have worked under the hood for 45 years for everyone; I think it is about time I do something for myself”. At that moment in time he had realized that at this point of his life and with the terminal cancer that he needed to take Edward up on his offer. Edwards’s mentality was he wasn’t leaving anyone behind and he could go and blow all he wanted. As we see he did take along his personal assistant.
Up until the point that Edward was placed in the hospital I do not think that his lifestyle reflected his age. He felt young and free and full of money, even up to the time that he and Carter took off and Carter started talking to him about what his priority should be at this point in his life. The one thing in Edward’s life that he had not reflected on was his daughter. Carter talked to him as