The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a Caldecott Medal-winning children's book written by Chris Van Allsburg. It has also been made into an animated movie. In this category, you can learn all about the story, from characters and setting to plot and theme.
Does The Polar Express symbolize the trains that took children to concentration camps?
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Who does Josh Hutcherson play in The Polar Express?
What time doe The Polar Express arrive at the north pole?
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What medium did the illustrator us for The Polar Express book?
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Was the hero boy really just dreaming about The Polar Express?
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Where does the hobo keep his valuables in The Polar Express?
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What does the lonely boy in Polar Express represent?
What does the conductor represent in polar express?
I love this film! Been searching for the soundtrack for years, lol... (FYI: I haven't read the book, so no comment as far as that on any differences between it and the movie.) Without researching or quoting anybody directly associated with the film, I would say that, because nearly all the characters in the film are either played-by or patterened-after the main star of the show, Tom Hanks(including the Conductor, the Tramp, the main Hero/Child and Santa Claus himself), then the Conductor, along with all of the other characters, is meant to represent the Child either at different stages of his physical life or from different viewpoints of the Child's thoughts at this questioning stage of his life, where he is starting to doubt and question whether Santa really exists or not. The Child is the POV, or story's point-of-view character, with mild questioning and doubts. The Tramp shows outright disbelief and mocking scorn in the concept(ie: none of it is real). Santa Claus is complete belief in the unbelievable and fantastic; "i do believe, i do believe!". In this context, I think the Conductor shows a grown concept of mature belief, or a willing suspension of disbelief along with a sense of duty("we have a job to go, we have to get there, we have to do it on time", etc). Continuing, it would then be the Conductor's job to make sure that these children don't lose their sense of belief, so that it can be carried on to the next generation through them and their continued sense of grown, adult belief to their own kids, et al. which would be why he's bringing them to the North Pole to meet Santa, so that their belief is confirmed and continued, etc. (It's never hinted at in the film, but wouldn't it be possible that each child sees the Conductor as someone different...kinda almost like themselves, but all grown up and more mature and ready to believe in the sense of duty?)