Gilbert Grape Essay

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What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Essay?

In the spoken text What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, Gilbert is presented as a complex person neither good or totally bad. Due to his family Gilbert is thinking more about his family rather than himself. He says he wants heaps of different things for his family but only to be a good person for himself. Throughout the spoken text we (the audience) see Becky make Gilbert think more about himself rather than his family.

In the most obvious physical sense, Gilbert is already good. He works at Lamson’s Grocery store. Gilbert works there so he can earn money and buy food from there. If he didn’t have his job there the family wouldn’t have any food to eat. Another thing that Gilbert takes care of is the household repairs. He organizes for Tucker to come around and help fix the electricity and foundation problems that the house has. Tucker does this as he is the town handy man. Without Tucker Gilbert would spend lots of time fixing the house. Gilbert also takes care of Arnie. He has to give Arnie day to day care and constant supervision. An example of this is when Gilbert has to bath Arnie and leaves him to do it himself so he can go back to see Becky. Arnie ended up staying in the bath all night until Gilbert found him the next morning. “Where is your head at lately Gilbert” Bonnie. “I nearly drowned” Arnie. This proves Arnie needs constant supervision. These are some of the good physical things Gilberts does throughout the spoken text.

Gilbert’s life is filled with conflicting loyalties of duty and love. Gilbert both loves and resents his family at times, particularly his mother Bonnie and brother Arnie. Gilbert loves his mother but resents her as she used to be beautiful. He commonly refers to her as a “beached whale” and “fat” as he is frustrated and annoyed with her. If Bonnie wasn’t as fat, Gilbert would love her more and not be as upset or angry. Gilbert also loves Bonnie and we see this when, she dies upstairs of the family...
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