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Hermeneutical Analysis of “Forrest Gump”
“Forrest Gump” is a drama with comical aspects. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1994. It is about a man facing the challenges in his life. The story spans from 1951-1984 and takes place in different locations of America, and Vietnam. Forrest Gump isn’t the smartest guy on earth. He is on the slow side when it comes to understanding academic things and figuring things out, and that is not very strange when he is on the borderline of mental retardation. He is a loving and kind person, who tries to protect those he cares about, especially Jenny, the main female character in the movie, who is a childhood friend. Forrest is quite fond of his mother, who had a big influence on him as a kid, and shows this by recollecting what she used to say to him, throughout the movie. As a child, Jenny Curran was sexually abused by her father. One can assume that her bad childhood greatly influenced her life, as she later takes drugs, becomes a prostitute, and tries to commit suicide. However, later in the movie she becomes more stable; maybe because of her child. Jenny does not really return Forrest’s great affection for her, though she does care for him. She lets him down throughout the movie, by leaving him several times. Lieutenant Dan Taylor is a proud man, before he gets his legs amputated after his part in the Vietnam War. Forrest saves him in the war, but Dan, who did not want to be saved, becomes bitter because of this. Later his liking towards Forrest increases. Forrest’s life is in disarray and his biggest drawback is his mental retardation, with his IQ of 75, which is discovered when he is a kid. Forrest was also physically handicapped as a kid, with his crooked back. Because of his disabilities he was bullied at school. Forrest’s main conflict is with Jenny, who was his only friend during his childhood. He is in a perpetual conflict throughout the movie, as he doesn’t know whether...
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