Continuing on, the lighting in the movie, Finding Forrester, emphasises how William Forrester has been living and feeling since the death of his brother. The scenes created in Forrester’s apartment remain, for the most part, in the dark. The darkness expresses that deeper, unsaid emotion Forrester is holding on to. Consequently, it gives Forrester a new attitude when he is by himself versus when Jamal is there. One night, Jamal takes Forrester to a basketball game, trying to pull Forrester away of his apartment allowing him to enjoy the activities he once did when he was younger. The night consisted of streetlights and stars when Forrester continually asks if it is light outside before they leave, and when he does walk out, he wears a hat and
“You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head.” Quoted by Sean Connery. In the movie, Finding Forrester, a 16 year old boy named Jamal Wallace and his friends play out on a basketball court while there is a creepy guy always looking out the window they call him “The Window”. Jamals friends dare him to trespass into “The Windows” apartment and take something so they know Jamal actually went in the apartment. When Jamal climbed the fire escape and got into the apartment, “The Window” scared Jamal and he left his bookbag. Later on, Jamal gets his bag back and starts to go over to the apartment more often. They get close personally and form a strong friendship. In Finding Forrester, when going through tough times friendships should matter; since, friends will always be there to help and support with every action that is made.
In “Finding Forrester,” there are so many people that kept pulling Jamal Wallace down because of his skin color and because he was not rich like the kids at his school. The life of Jamal Wallace was filled with many conflicts in the movie “Finding Forrester” because he struggled with people constantly pulling him down in his daily life. Jamal was always nervous in the movie so whenever he was sitting, standing, in the house, or walking down the street he always had a basketball with him bouncing it.
Since Forrester gained a new sense of courage from his friendship with Jamal, it enables him to go to professor Crawfords classroom and to stand up for Jamal. Jamal is accused of plagiarizing a paper that he wrote for Crawford's class, but the catch behind is that the beginning of the paper is actually Forrester's work. This accusation on Jamal creates a new conflict not only for Jamal, but also for Forrester. Jamals conflict is to either break his promise with Forrester or risk being accused of cheating. For Forrester, his obstacle is to either overcome his fear or let Jamal suffer from his mistake. Forrester builds up his courage and goes to read one of Jamal's writings to the class, and prove that he did not actually plagiarize. Since Forrester secluded himself from all of society because of his self guilt, it takes a tremendous amount of courage to go out into an unfamiliar place, especially to a classroom with a professor who attempted to tear him down by criticizing Forrester.Movielocity (2000) stated, “It comes down to a moment of truth for both men; for Jamal, a choice between following his dream or betraying a friend, and for Forrester, a decision to remain closed off or to look at the world through new eyes” (p.3). Here, movielocity is saying that because this conflict occurred, it gave both of the men another conflict within themselves. For Forrester, it was to either remain secluded or to see the world through new eyes and to help his friend. Since Forrester gained confidence from Jamal, it helped him to make the right decision with his inner conflict and go to Crawfords classroom and see the world through fresh eyes. Jamal also portrays courage when he transfers to a new private school. Jamals previous school is a normal public school while this new private school is prestigious. Since this is a big change in atmosphere, courage plays a key role in helping Jamal make the transfer from one school to
After breaking into William Forrester apartment Jamal wrote William Forrester 5 thousand words essay on why he should stay away from his Apartment, Jamal and Forrester build an unlikely relationship.
For Jamal this dream is to write. A simple ambition with little direction to begin, encouragement from an unexpected, but beneficial friend, leads to a blossoming of potential in Jamal. This skill is especially prominent when Jamal’s test scores come back. Everyone is surprised at the excellence they show from a student who does just enough to get by, but they open doors Jamal had never considered for himself. A full scholarship to the prestigious private school, Mailor-Callow, being at the top of the list. Having this opportunity presented to him is a shock to Jamal, who simply knew he loved to read and write. Now, having to consider his options, Jamal reflects upon them. Either he can either continue at his present school and maintain his status with the same assumptions involving his race and economic status to be made about him or he can pursue his dreams. But the decision and how he will use the opportunity are left up to the only person that can truly impact his dreams, Jamal himself. In the end, opportunity wins out and Jamal chooses to attend the school and begin his new path. Such a path may not have been possible at all without the help of William Forrester. “Forrester brings out Jamal’s intelligence and Jamal brings Forrester back into life,” says Rob Brown. “They need each other in a way they never imagined, (Movielocity, 2001, p. 2).” Both individuals assist and encourage each other's dreams. Forrester’s method and help is obvious throughout the movie while Jamal’s effect on Forrester is more subtle. The one instance of Jamal directly influencing Forrester is when, on Forrester’s birthday, Jamal attempts to take him to a basketball game. Hundreds of people are in attendance and after years of isolation, the crowd is frightening to Forrester. Jamal redeems the evening by taking him to an empty Yankee Stadium, where some of Forrester’s better memories of the past
One of the black students dropped her notebook on the sidewalk and didn't notice that she had done so. Forrest jumps through the crowd, picks up her notebook without noticing the tension or significance of the moment, and returns it to the young woman. Because of Forrest's personal strife of always having to run from bullies in Greenbow, he was able to attend the U of A. Forrest innocently participated in one of our Nation's most significant moments in history. His simple, personal act of kindness, intersected with the struggle of society to de-segregate the schools. Once again, the attitude of society towards handicapped persons landed Forrest at the University of Alabama and in the middle of de-segregation, a major historical episode of our society. Because society was very racist in its behavior at this time, Forrest's kindness and caring for people of any race, shows a sharp contrast to his personal life and behavior and the ways of society at the time.
On the other hand, Jamal is a sixteen-year old African American male who went to a private school on a scholarship and lives with his mother and brother. Unlike Forrester, he enjoys going outside, interacting with his friends from school and going to basketball games. Another difference between the Jamal and Forrester is his confrontational attitude. When harassed by another student from school on the basketball court, he handled the problem in his own way, proving his ability to do as well as the next person, which gained the respect from the coach and the other students.
Identity is what defines a person, their personality, interests, and their ideals. For some people, it's easy to show off their personality, but for others, and can be hard. Some people see it as a way for people to criticize them based on who they are. In the movie, Finding Forrester, William Forrester is a well known author for his popular book, yet he hides away in his apartment because he doesn’t want to be judged based on his work. This leads to struggles that William deals with all because he wants to keep his identity hidden. A young boy named Jamal Wallace has a similar issue. He is academically gifted, yet he doesn’t show it off because he doesn’t want to stick out from his friends. The two eventually meet, become friends, and solve their issues together. Jamal helps William escape his apartment, while William gives Jamal tips on what makes a good writer. Finding Forrester gives a good lesson in being true to oneself and expressing personality. If someone is too self-conscious about their personality, it can be hard to keep their identity hidden, especially in uncomforting situations.
Professor Crawford is a assertive human. He does not like to be corrected. The first time Jamal turned in an essay Professor Crawford doubted that he wrote it by himself. Crawford doubted Jamal because he was African American. Jamal is an extremely talented writer and Crawford knows, but he refuses to accept the fact and continues to bring Jamal down. Crawford wanted to see if Jamal can come up with his own words so he made Jamal write an essay with his supervision.
In “Finding Forrester”, there were two main characters named Jamal Wallace and William Forrester. Jamal was an inner city teenager from Bronx, New York who had the gifted talents of being a basketball player and a good writer. While always a C student, Jamal received attention from a New York college prep school for his high standardized test scores. Even though Jamal wanted to partake this request, he was afraid of his 4 friends opinions. Unlike Jamal, his friends did not care about academics and thought of Jamal as being a nerd.
Watching Forrest Gump for the first time I feel that the movie has a little of everything in it, from action and war to love and romance. For one man to overcome so many hardships and live a life full of love and happiness it is inspiring. Each character had something that reached viewers. From Jenny to Lieutenant Dan they all had something that made them easy to connect with. Even the people that sat on the bench next to Forrest created interest; they listened and were in the story for us, but were not truly part of it.
Jamal came to Forrester as an extremely talented and intelligent young man. However I beleive William thought his writing lacked direction. Therefore one of the first things William taught Jamal was that writers write. As William explained to Jamal your first draft should be written from the heart. The second draft should be written from your mind. In a nutshell I believe William was trying to guide Jamal into writing with emotion and that by getting the basic thoughts on paper and saved as they came to him he could always later do a rewrite to ensure of proper grammer, style
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump is the portrayal of a man that has been alienated from society, not because he is unintelligent or dimwitted, but rather because he is not restricted by the conventional ideals which are embedded within his culture; thus, Forrest challenges the conformities and principals that most people are accustomed to. The contrast that Robert Zemeckis, director of the film, is attempting to convey through the character of Forrest Gump is how most people are too smart for there own good; and thus, try to escape the realities and actualities of life. While other characters in the story are suppressed by society’s conflicts, Forrest remains blinded