Another powerful metaphor that the clocks portray in the movie Hugo is as a hub or center from which their wheels turn like a bicycle with spokes over and over. The core radiates out into paths or roadmaps of direction. As Hugo gazes out the windows of his tower he sees roads light up in multiple avenues and yet all from the same starting point. His special view is towards the Eiffel Tower, another grand example of technology woven together, still considered a new landmark in 1931 and not fully approved yet by all Parisians.
In an attempt to share his longing for a place to belong, Hugo shows his friend Isabelle this favorite view, high in the clock tower, and explains that he’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 a reason. And that means you have to be here for a reason too.”
As he wrestles to understand the eternal desire for purpose and a reason for being, he looks to what he has already understood through the creativity and workmanship of clock making. As young as he is he takes the tools he knows to search out his answers. The clocks themselves become his roadmap towards a heart direction.
Proverbs 4:23 says,“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Has your character always had a sense of belonging, or a sense of searching? Suppose Hugo spoke these words to her as a young teenager. How would she have responded then? How would she respond now in the circumstances she is in?