The Field of Dreams


Religion 5th hour


December 13, 2004


In watching the Field of Dreams the audience learns the importance of signs and symbols. The audience also learns a lesson to go with your gut feeling. During the movie, The Field of Dreams the students will learn the importance of signs and symbols, signs and symbols in the movie give us a whole new perspective. In the movie, Ray Kinsella can see these symbols very clearly. He sees them and acts on them even though he does not know the outcome. This is a great film for your religion class because it allows the students to see signs and symbols in a different perspective than we normally do. During the course of the movie Ray becomes just like his father by trying to be the exact opposite. He eventually does what he intended to do and meets his father by going with his gut feeling.


In watching this movie your class will gain a whole new perspective and insight and will be able to see signs and symbols more clearly in their own lives. The movie shows us how signs and symbols are important because they help Ray out. Just like they can help us when we look for them and apply them in our own lives. In the following, I will be giving you a detailed explanation on what happens in the movie, what things are symbolized, what they stand for, and explain why this movie is religiously significant.


Ray Kinsella, is a man stuck in a child’s body from the 60s who owns a farm in Iowa. He hears a voice one day in his cornfield: "If you build it, he will come." Though he\'s not sure he completely understands or even that he completely believes Kinsella convinces his wife Annie that he must plow under their crop (which is there whole and entire source of income. In doing this he follows what Jesus has taught us “give up all you have and come follow me” and build a baseball diamond. The building of the baseball diamond signifies sacrifice by doing this he shows immense faith. If he does, his father\'s hero, Shoeless Joe Jackson (signifies his father’s dream, which Ray hated), will get to come back and play ball (baseball signifies the one Good thing about Ray’s father). “Jackson, who was shamed in the Black Sox scandal of 1919, represents to Ray all the failures he associates with his own father. He builds the field and, sure enough, the Chicago Black Sox arrive, along with a team of dead all-stars of years ago.”


But Ray\'s problems are just beginning. Later he hears the voice, "Ease his pain," and comes to understand that he must track down the bitter writer Terence Mann. Who is essentially Ray’s guide for the rest of the “trip”, and take him to a baseball game. Terry thinks Ray is a lunatic, but he agrees to go to Fenway Park. When they get there they both get a strange message, "Go the distance," which takes them in search of a small-town doctor who once played a single inning in the majors. Ray observes that some men would consider it a tragedy to have come so close to their dream and not touch it, but the caring ghost of Dr. Archie Graham tells Ray that he would like to be a doctor. Doctor Graham signifies a second chance


Ray and Terry head to Iowa and there they encounter the young Archie Graham by the road, looking for a baseball league that hasn\'t existed for decades. “Traveling with Archie, they arrive in Iowa to find Annie trying to hold off the creditors foreclosing on the farm.”People will come," Terence Mann assures the couple, foretelling a parade of cars descending on Iowa to recapture the magical moments when baseball represented family, freedom and the future. A small miracle saves the farm. Ray experiences a personal redemption he didn\'t dare to wish for; his father appears, asking whether he\'s in heaven, the place where dreams come true.” Ray looks around, seeing the field where Shoeless Joe has been playing, where his wife and daughter stand, and agrees, "Maybe this is heaven." This is where the sacrament of Reconciliation is represented. He says