Forrest Gump Literary Analysis

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The Picture Perfect Man In the film Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis one of the most inspirational movie characters ever was born, Forrest Gump. Forrest symbolizes the way we wish to deal with the problems we face throughout the course of our lives, and how we would go about solving them if the Universe was on our side. Forrest had 3 essential qualities to separate himself from others. Honesty, integrity, and compassion; if you have these 3 qualities as Forrest did, life will seem to work out for the best. Making it easier to find true happiness. Honesty is an important quality which we seek, and can be seen in Forrest’s character. When he was in the army Forrest made a promise to enter the Shrimping business with Bubba.…show more content…
Forrest had no fear of taking action to improve his quality of life, and in this case, he knew what was best for him. After gaining publicity for his long run, a group of runners started to run behind Forrest. Who do these people represent? They represent the people that we affect when we decide to take action on anything. Whether big or small, we effect others when we take action. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”(Forrest Gump). Forrest is seen with a box of chocolates, eating them calmly on the bus stop. He plans to give them to Jenny, and they represent the different stages of Forrest’s life. From childhood memories, to playing football in college, to being in the army, starting a shrimping business, mastering the game of ping-pong, and the steps he took to become wealthy. Just like a box of chocolates, life is unpredictable, and you can never let your guard down because you can never know what will happen tomorrow. He is what a lot of us strive to become, wealthy, successful, and a good person. He has all the traits that we need to become a better person. Honesty, integrity, and compassion being the main 3. There is no better example of a great person than Forrest Gump himself.

Works Cited

Forrest Gump. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. By Eric Roth. Perf. Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, and Mykelti Williamson. Paramount Pictures, 1994.

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