Egotism In The Film Groundhog Day

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Human Nature and Egotism From a realist’s perspective, human beings do not truly learn from past experiences; humans are predominantly concerned with one thing: self-preservation. In the film Groundhog Day, Phil Connors’ character is a representation of this outlook on human beings. From the first few scenes in the film, one can see Phil’s sarcastic, crude, and egocentric nature. Rita draws upon Phil’s egotism during one of the scenes, quoting Sir Walter Scott, “The wretch, concentrated all in self living, shall forfeit fair renown and, doubly dying, shall go down to the vile dust, from whence he sprung unwept, unhonored, and unsung” (Groundhog Day). A common belief regarding Groundhog Day is that Phil Connors becomes a better human being…show more content…
However, Groundhog Day does not provide confirmation that being part of a state is a necessary condition for this because even though Phil’s behavior changes primarily due to the supernatural element, one cannot truly determine whether Phil’s character improves in the end or not since technically only one day has passed. Phil states, “I am a god,” when he tries to explain to Rita his current situation, and he is somewhat accurate in his statement (Groundhog Day). The repetition of the same day makes Phil temporarily immortal, putting him in a world where time does not “develop” (May). Phil uses the supernatural element to his advantage by utilizing the lack of time for development to learn information, acquire skills, and perform good deeds that would otherwise have…show more content…
He also memorizes the radio show in the morning and the placement of the puddle after his encounter with Ned. On the final Groundhog Day, Phil saves a child from falling out a tree, fixes a flat for elderly women, performs the Heimlich maneuver on Buster, and saves a wedding. Even though Phil utilizes his knowledge of the chronology of the day’s events to perform these good deeds, this does not prove that Phil improves as a human being because there is no certainty that Phil will go out the next day and devote his day to performing good deeds, especially because he would not be aware of all of
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