Groundhog Day By Phil Connors Essay

1000 Words Oct 26th, 2016 4 Pages
In the film Groundhog Day, Phil Connors, a pompous TV meteorologist, who amid a detested task of covering the yearly Groundhog Day cannot wait to return to Pittsburgh, yet trapped by a blizzard that he neglected to foresee, he and his crew must remain one more night in Punxsutawney. When he awakes the following morning, Phil discovers much to his dismay that it is February 2nd once more. Soon, he finds that regardless of what he does, each morning he wakes up at the same time, in the same bed of the same hotel room, on the same day. However, in the wake of entertaining himself in various pursuits, he eventually comes to the acknowledgment that he could be bound to spend eternity reliving the same day unendingly and in this way begins to reconsider his life. This reconsideration eventually aids him to breaking the cycle and winning over the affection of Rita. Beside the message Groundhog Day conveys about unselfishness and kindness, watching a movie about a man reliving the same day again and again delivers the philosophical ideas of determinism and free will.
The determinist approach suggests that all behaviors is brought about by preceding variables and is therefore predictable. Thus, the concept of determinism that this film raises is that Phil is completely helpless in escaping his least favorite day and his environment remains more or less definite throughout the repeating day, to the point where he has approximately everything people say and do memorized. In the…

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