Forrest Gump : A Classic American Tale For Decades

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Forrest Gump Forrest Gump has maintained its position as a classic American tale for decades, full of enlightening realizations of one’s self worth. Forrest Gump was certainly not a renaissance man at first glance; with a deficient IQ of just 70, he was qualified as an idiot by both society and, as he addresses, even himself. Despite this, he constantly sets goals for himself throughout his life, from working to start his “srimpin bidness” to reuniting with his longtime crush Jenny Curran. On the journey he embarks upon to accomplish these goals, both the reader and Forrest himself learn an important lesson regarding one’s aspirations guiding life. Despite challenging situations and unfamiliar territory, as long as one stays aligned with their original goal, the obstacles faced can be overcome. Forrest’s story began in Mobile, Alabama, where he lived with and was raised by his mother. He attended multiple schools during his childhood, searching to find a place where he could feel comfortable in the face of constant criticism for his “halfwit” (1), slow-brained functioning. Although the other children in school disliked Forrest, Jenny Curran (a student) became a friend of Forrest quickly. At this early time in his life, Jenny provided the friendship Forrest needed in order to feel confident - she even let him walk next to her after class on their way home. However, this all changed when he was asked to play football by his high school football coach, Coach Sellers. With…

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