Field of dreams Essay

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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. Conversely, he was given the
extraordinary supernatural ability to revive a number of celebrities from both the world
of baseball and literature who had been dead for many years. Kinsella related to common
people, but possessed powers that are not only uncommon, but ultimately inhuman.


Although not a fool, Ray Kinsella was also not invincible. For example, he was forced to
deal with defeat and hopelessness throughout his travels. Once, he misunderstood a message
given to him and journeyed to a place that he was not called to go to. But, being the
bright and resourceful person he was, he was not discouraged and continued to persevere.


Ray Kinsella was called upon by forces left unknown to the viewers and himself to go on
both a physical journey as well as a journey of the heart. After hearing voices
proclaiming, "If you build it, they will come," Ray risked the economic and emotional
stability of the family he loved dearly to build a baseball field. At first, Ray Kinsella
was highly skeptical, but eventually he realized the significance of his obscure calling.
Upon the completion of the baseball field, "Shoeless Joe Jackson", the baseball player who
had been his father’s hero before he passed away, suddenly appeared in the field to
talk with Ray and to play baseball. As the plot progressed, Ray continued to receive
messages. After each new message, Ray was called upon to further his journey. This journey
involved traveling to various cities around the United States, as well as facing issues
within himself that he has successfully hidden from for years.


The reason for his journey, and the path to follow were never clearly manifested to Ray
Kinsella. Blind faith and perhaps a bit mythically guided of insanity were all that drove
him to continue on his journey. Throughout his journey, Ray never once knew where the next
piece to the puzzle was located. Only at the end of his journey was it at last made clear
to him the purpose for his quest. Years ago, when Ray was an adolescent, he had a falling
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