Forrest Gump

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Forrest Gump

By Wesley Lowber

12/12/2012


Abstract

Forrest, Forrest Gump is a simple man with a low IQ but good intentions. He is running through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His 'mama' teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, starts a ping-pong craze, create the smiley, write bumper stickers and songs, donating to people and meeting the president several times. However this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny. Who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.

Forrest Gump was filmed in 1994 and stars Tom Hanks and the lead role of Forrest, Forrest Gump. The movie begins with a solitary feather floating through the sky until a man sitting at a bus stop happens to catch it. He then grabs the feather and tucks it away. Forrest Gump begins his narrative with him in the doctor’s office getting a new pair of “shoes.” A pair of leg braces designed to straighten his back. This sets the tone of his character for the movie because you realize that he is not a normal child. A little slow in the head, his mother refuses to let that stand in his way and gets him into the Alabama public school system. It is on the Bus on his first day of school where he meets “Jenny” who quickly becomes his best friend. They stick together like “peas and carrots” all the way through high school and into college.By the time he graduates from college the War in Vietnam is underway and he was recruited by the Army. His experience in Vietnam shapes him for the rest of his life. Here, he meets his “Best Good Friend” Benjamin Buford Blue, or Bubba. When he returns from Vietnam he is swept up by a group of “Hippies” who came out to...
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