Hugo Cabret Analysis

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“Everything has a purpose, even machines. Clocks tell the time and trains take you places. They do what they’re meant to do. Like Monsieur Labisse. Maybe that’s why broken machines make me so sad. They can’t do what they’re meant to do. Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose, it’s like you’re broken.” – Hugo Cabret (Hugo, 2011) The above lines are what struck a chord with me, and I’m sure that the same goes for many other people, too. These lines blur the divide between the animate and the inanimate, and eventually, we realize that we all are machines in the whole wide world, which itself is a machine. And this is exactly what Hugo (Asa Butterfield) goes on to say to Isabelle (Chole Grace Moretz)— “I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.” – Hugo Cabret (Hugo, 2011) The idea of the world being an enormous machine is further reiterated when we see Hugo and Isabella look out into the expanse of the brightly lit Paris cityscape with the sparkling Eiffel Tower from the big clock tower they are ensconced in, surrounded by all the dials, gears,…show more content…
He cannot do what he is meant to do anymore, for he has lost his purpose. And it is in this endeavour to ‘fix’ Melies that the both of them find the reason for their existence as well as their purpose. They realize that the best way to go about it would be to show him that he has served his purpose, and maybe help him find a new one. They, along with the help of Rene Tabard (Michael Stuhlbarg), succeed in their mission to restore Melies’s lost glory and prestige, while giving him hope to dream better and

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