Analysis Of The Movie ' Forrest Gump '

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The movie Forrest Gump played by Tom Hank is a story about Forest Gump a simple man and his journey through life. Gump was simple minded and lived his life by a set of values taught to him by his mother (Sally Field). While Forest sat down waiting for a bus, he tells his story. Forest takes part in several defining historical moments such as the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal and also had painful experiences. Despite his setbacks and naive nature, he struggles and triumphs in everything he did. Forrest developed a good self-esteem and self-concept with the help of his mother’s observation, love, and sincerity. With his mother and Jenny’s encouragements, he was able to overcome his physical handicap and become an outstanding runner among other things. This movie is an example of the how a child’s mind developed through series of stages. This paper shows the following key points; intellectual disability, Erickson’s intimacy vs isolation, low self-esteem, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY At the beginning of the movie, young Forrest had to wear braces on his legs because his doctor discovered he was physically handicapped. His mother discovered he had an intellectual disability. Intellectual disability is defined as a significantly below-average intellectual function with limitations in areas of adaptive behavior such as self-care and social skills, originally before age 18(Sigelman &Rider). Forest had an IQ of 75 which made his

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