Book report: ”Forrest Gump”
1) You have read about several events and situation in the book you have chosen. Do you think that any of these events or situation could happen in your country today? Explain why or why not with reference to the book itself.
I think that it´s totally possible that some of the situations in the book could happen in Sweden. For example nowadays bullying is a very common problem in almost all the schools, not only in Sweden but the whole world. The way that Forrest was treated by that guy at the cafeteria is not far away from the reality that many children suffer every day just for the sake of being different. Forrest was a victim of psychological violence when he was called Dumbo in front of everybody. And he was also a victim of physical violence when he was punched by the guy and his friends. But in his case it all finished in a happy end when the coach saw Forrest running through the football field and discovered his talent. After that Forrest became popular and the other guys on the team started being nicer to him.
On the other side there are some situations that couldn’t be possible today, like when Forrest was called to serve in the army and was even sent to Vietnam. I understand that in those years EEUU needed to recruit people and they were often inexpert volunteers who wanted to serve their country. It was not important if they were apt to the army or not. The important thing was to increase the soldiers' quantity and that was the reason a guy like Forrest were recruit to the army. This sort of situation doesn´t occurs today, the aspirants to soldiers must be healthy persons without any type of physical or psychological disability. In other words, a guy like Forrest could never serve in the any army.
2) Write about the most interesting character/s/ in the book. You should include details of that person’s character and don’t forget to explain why you find him/her particularly interesting.
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