The 'Real' Forrest Gump:
Alvin Burstein with J. Nelson It seems fair to say that Forest Gump has achieved the status of an American classic. The film manages to evoke laughter, heartache, and a sense of depth. This remarkable combination results from literary and cinematic devices that deserve our attention.
The story is book-ended by an image of a feather drifting, floating hither and yon as it slowly falls to the ground.
It is ultimately picked up by Forest, who inserts it carefully into his childhood copy of Curious George, from which his mother early read to him. The emphasis accorded these images urges us to wonder about its meaning, a question to which we will return.
Aristotle taught us the comic protagonist is one that the reader or spectator feels superior to, so we chuckle at his social awkwardness and concrete thinking.
But Gump not only has a name that makes us smile, he is intellectually disabled and, at the beginning of his story, crippled and wearing clumsy leg braces. His early classmates—except for Jenny—regard him as a target for bullying, evoking our sympathy. All in all, a classic Chaplinesque format.
The character pulls us along in both delight and pain. This kind of interweaving of fiction and historical accounts has been explored and elaborated by the French philosopher, Paul Ricoeur, in his award-winning trilogy, Time and Narrative.
Using this powerful tool, Forest Gump focuses our attention on the existential issue of the tension agency and chance, choosing and being externally controlled, in human affairs. But Gump stumbles into them.
He has no idea what was involved in volunteering for military duty in Viet Nam, nor, for that matter, what the nature of the conflict was, beyond walking in the jungle. This is strangely similar to the modern psychological emphasis on mindfulness. Forrest seems often blissfully free from and immune to social prejudice, competitive malice, or self-loathing.
He is not burdened to intervene at every step, nor does he make the mistake so common for those in the American culture of perceiving control where he has none. He builds the shrimp business and makes Forrest a wealthy man investing the proceeds.
Jenny asks Forrest if he was ever afraid in Viet Nam, and it is in this scene that we glimpse the depth of what supports this simple man. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out … and then it was nice.
It was like, just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou, those million sparkles on the water. Like that mountain lake, it was so clear Jenny. It looked like there were two skies, one on top of the other. They marry but very quickly we see she is dying.
The film ends with Forest junior boarding the school bus, mirroring the opening of the autobiography that constitutes the movie. The film leaves us teetering on the brink of unanswered questions: To what extent are we floating feathers or authors of ourselves? To what extent can we choose?The Accuracy of Forrest Gump Horror Stories of the Hanoi Hilton The Best Vietnam War Movies, Ranked The Lies That Started It All Old School Pics from Vietnam Movies That Fudged the Truth A POW Blinked in Morse Code What Exactly Was Agent Orange?
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Despite his sub-normal IQ Gump leads a truly charmed life with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. The simple, memorable theme from the hit movie is an ideal concert piece for band.
Arranger Johnnie Vinson has written an outstanding version that your younger groups can play with confidence. Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself. However, the gates are closed and Forrest approaches the Gatekeeper.
St. Peter says, "Well, Forrest, it's . Innocent and foolish, though also a savant, the main character of Forrest Gump isn’t as ’90s as some of the others listed here. He doesn’t reflect a specific year or predict the future.
Forrest Gump: Themes of Tolerance & Equality Walter KLINGER. In a parallel universe, the protagonist of Forrest Gump (, Director: Robert Zemeckis) encounters Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and three American Presidents, is involved in the Vietnam War and anti-war demonstrations, and precipitates events like the Watergate Investigation and fads like smiley faces.