There are many friendships that each individual goes through in their life period. Some are long, some are very short lived, and some are more complicated than imaginable. Every familiarity is different, but at the same time they are all the same. There are three categories that friendships can be sorted into: utility, pleasure, and goodness. Each friend can be described as at least one of these categories; sometimes it may be hard to tell, and other times it may be as clear as glass. Forrest Gump gives an excellent example of each type of friendship, and shows how easy and hard it can be to choose which type it is.
A friendship based on utility is not usually very close. More times than not, each person relies on the other for some sort of task that can be done for the other. Many situations occur where the two individuals know each other only because of the thing they can do for each other. The relationship between Forrest Gump and Bubba is a prime example of this type of association. Forrest and Bubba knew each other through the military; they were both serving at the same period in time. Bubba was kind to Forrest and they became companions very quickly. They were so close, in fact, that they made plans to start a shrimp company as soon as their term of service was through. They didn’t get a chance to carry out this plan, however, because soon after, Bubba was killed in battle. The friendship was young, and, at the time, they didn’t need each other for anything but their work in the military. The coalition could have grown into something more, but, because it was so short, it could not develop into anything greater, it remained only utility.
The second type of friendship, pleasure, is based on the fun two people can have together, whether it’s laughing together or doing… other things, the main focus is on the good feeling each person gets whenever the two are together. Pleasure accords are usually short-lived and have no meaning. Jenny and Forrest had this...
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