Forrest Gump Analysis

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Forrest Gump is a romantic, historical drama that follows the protagonist, Forrest Gump, on his wild adventures throughout the world, where he is a hero time and time again despite having the measly IQ of 75. Although the audience is entranced with all of the success that Forrest garners (as a ping pong champion, Medal of Honor recipient, tycoon of a shrimping business and much more), Forrest himself is always focused on his love for Jenny, his first childhood friend that steals his heart. The script spans decades, as Forrest grows from a challenged child to proud father, time and again meeting up with Jenny. Forrest is always forward with his love for Jenny, yet she does not let herself be with Forrest, as she is enveloped with her love for the limelight and fame. As the story progresses, Forrest continues to recount his continued success, while snippets of Jenny slowly show her downward spiral as she struggles to be involved with the life of a hippy, stripper, and then a hardcore drug abuser. It is only after Forrest Gump returns home after the death of his mother that Jenny returns to their childhood home of Greenbow, Mississippi and stays with Forrest. After a night of love making, Jenny again slips out of Forrest’s life, but this time with a newfound light in her face, as if she has risen from her rock bottom state. Then, Forrest goes on a cross country run, again gaining the attention of the media, but more importantly the request of Jenny to come see her in the form
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