All is Lost


All is Lost is a mostly silent movie about a man who is stuck on a boat and the struggles he goes through while on the boat. I’m normally not a big fan of silent movies, but this was quite the exception. Throughout the entire movie I could relate my life to the man’s life and feel how the man was feeling. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone and everyone.

All is Lost makes up an allegory between a man experiencing the struggles and tough times on a long boat ride, and this is being compared to the things the man experiences while going through the stages of losing his wife. When watching the film, viewers notice this through several different parts. It can be noticed by the way the name of the boat is Virginia Jean, most likely after his wife. It’s noticed by this because of the way he says the name of the boat over the radio. The man also wears a wedding ring, which could very well mean he’s still not ready to accept the fact she’s gone.

The filmmaker uses many different rhetorical strategies throughout the entire film. One rhetorical strategy that stands out a lot to me is the frame that was used. At the start of the film, the man is reading the letter he wrote to his kids about how he tried to live and accept the fact his wife was gone but he couldn’t. Then towards the ending, it shows him throwing the letter out into the sea in a bottle. Another rhetorical strategy that was used was allegory; it was comparing the struggles the man went through on the boat to the struggles he went through when losing his wife. A third rhetorical strategy that the filmmaker used was imagery; even though it is considered imagery because it was a film, more imagery was used than just that. The filmmaker used it in a way to where the viewer can make up his own story line or diction to give the film more imagery and help the viewer get a better image in his head of what the man was experiencing.

The man goes through several different tragedies on the boat, and everyone of those tragedies resemble the loss of his wife. An example of this would be when the boat flips; this resembles the man losing his wife because when he lost his wife it flipped his whole life around. Anyone who has seen the movie has experienced a time in his life when he just feels as if his whole life has been flipped upside down. This normally comes from big life changes the person isn’t ready for similar to the man not being ready to lose his wife.

Another time the troubles out on the water resemble losing his wife is when his boat starts to flood and sink. This part of the film resembles hims losing his wife because he wasn’t prepared or ready to lose his boat similar to him not being prepared or ready to lose his wife. Not only was he not prepared or ready but it all happened so quickly he didn’t know what to do. Everyone has experienced something he’s not prepared or ready for, and it all just comes too quickly. That could vary from person to person whether it be losing a loved one, graduating high school, or living on his own for the first time.

Another thing the man experiences on the boat that resembles losing his wife is loneliness. When he’s out on the boat, he feels completely and utterly alone similar to how he feels when losing his wife. Everyone has experienced loneliness at least once in his life even if he isn’t completely alone. It’s always just so unexpected and can be caused by so many different things. Whether it be losing a best friend or loved one or just going through tough times, everyone experiences it.

The man experiences a lot of different things while out on the boat and almost every single thing resembled him losing his wife.

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