Argument Paper on the Movie Forrest Gump

836 Words Dec 13th, 2011 4 Pages
Forrest Gump is one of the greatest movies of all time. It brings together many of the most relevant themes and controversial subjects in modern society. Including some of the most difficult subjects such as; discrimination, racism, war, hardcore drug use, mental trauma, as well as a disease epidemic.
The movie itself covers so many pivotal and defining moments in history and provides an intimate observation with a twist of humor and charm that is not often depicted in movies such as these. The movie itself gives an honest insight into situations of the time that are not often addressed. One moment early on in the movie depicts the strong relationship between a single mother and her child in the 1950s, as a rule of thumb television
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You have the Civil Rights movement, dealing with exceptionally difficult concepts such as desegregation as well as the Vietnam War simmering beneath the world’s consciousness. Forrest Gump depicts how very chaotic and confusing it was to grow into yourself in that difficult time period. Forrest sees all through a slightly distorted point of view. He is not completely cognizant of the underlying themes of physical abuse, sex, drugs and the movement of the counter culture against Vietnam and the “establishment”. Forrest has some very dismal encounters with all of these with no complete understanding of what is going on.
Moving into the 1970s and 1980s which were two of the most decadent and confused decades of all. Forrest Gump depicts a nation torn into thousands of tiny pieces. After one of the bloodiest wars that America has ever seen those who made it out were faced with not only the physical scars and disfigurement but also the burden of the mental scars that no one could truly understand except those who had gone through the trauma as well. On the other side of the coin you have the draft dodgers and conscientious objectors who chose to immerse themselves in the dark and dangerous world of hardcore drugs where cocaine was king and alcohol could numb all the trauma of the world.
Despite all of this going on Forrest Gump touches the lives of many people afflicted with all of the most

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