Forrest Gump Literary Analysis

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Forrest Gump Literary Analysis

By | April 2013
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The Picture Perfect Man
In the film Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis one of the most inspirational movie characters ever was born, Forrest Gump. Forrest symbolizes the way we wish to deal with the problems we face throughout the course of our lives, and how we would go about solving them if the Universe was on our side. Forrest had 3 essential qualities to separate himself from others. Honesty, integrity, and compassion; if you have these 3 qualities as Forrest did, life will seem to work out for the best. Making it easier to find true happiness.

Honesty is an important quality which we seek, and can be seen in Forrest’s character. When he was in the army Forrest made a promise to enter the Shrimping business with Bubba. Despite the death of Bubba, Forrest still went on to support Bubba’s family, and started a shrimping business of his own(Forrest Gump). Most people would be so down by the death of their best friend they wouldn’t be able to find the strength to carry on their promises. Because Forrest was such a strong and honest person, he carried out his promise in the toughest of times.

Forrest had more integrity than most people dream to have, and that really distinguished his unique personality. For example, running is a trademark of Forrest, he always runs to get out of a difficult situation. Even if being chased by a car, an entire football team, Forrest used his integrity to pull himself out of tough circumstances. Running across the country for 3 years, playing ping pong in the army, and getting into the shrimping business all demonstrated the integrity of Forrest Gump. In order to play ping pong, he had to overcome the difficulties of being in the army. In order to run across the country, he had to sacrifice many aspects of his life. In order to get into the Shrimping business, he had to learn how to operate a boat, catch a shrimp, and learn all of the necessary skills. Were any of these tasks easy? No. So why did Forrest do them?...
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