Forrest Gump

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1.) What did you learn about the character, Forrest Gump, in the opening scene by observing his nonverbal behaviors and listening to his speech? Be complete in this answer, for many aspects are covered by both behaviors.

In the opening scene I learned that Forrest Gump has a very straight edge to him; meaning that he is does everything politically correct. His suit is pressed with no Wrinkles and custom tailored to fit perfectly. His shoes however told a different story. One of the first things said in the movie was Forrest quoting his “momma” by saying, “There’s an awful lot you can tell about a person just by looking at their shoes. Where they go, where they been [sic].” Forrest also said “I’ve worn lots of shoes;” indicating that he has been through a lot in his life. This line is foreshadowing all the trials and tribulations you will see as Forrest explains his life story. Also, when the feather landed at his feet he picked it up and put it in his suitcase which was very organized adding to his straight-edge personality. I also noticed that his speech was a little bit off; making me think was slow to mentally develop. He is very polite as he offers chocolate to people that sit next to him at the bus stop while they listen to his perspective of his incredible life.

2.) What was your initial impression of Forrest Gump? Did it remain the same throughout the movie or did it change? What caused your impression to remain the same or change?

My initial impression of Forrest Gump is rather positive. He is very nice; although a little slow. Forrest as a child did not speak until nine minutes into the movie, telling me a lot about his personality and slight mental disorder. Experts suggest that Forrest Gump probably has pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) which explains why he did not talk for the first couple of scenes. The underlying point is that he developed a little slower than average, which is portrayed in the beginning by him not...
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