Forrest Gump as the Modern Day Fairytale Essay

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Forrest Gump as the Modern Day Fairytale Forrest Gump is a classic film; this essay will explore all aspects if this favourite. From the beautifully naïve Forrest, to the political underlay throughout the narrative. The opening sequence of the film stimulates a distant memory, a reminiscence of fairytales from years gone by. Once getting to know the character of Forrest I realize this innocence of fairytales is reflected in his being. The tinkling keys of the piano sets the atmosphere for the rest of the film; magical. We see a feather floating on a breeze. A signifier is a symbol, it can be verbal (seen) or aural (heard). It is a symbol that the audience can place a significant meaning…show more content…
The opening sequence links with many of the major themes, which are raised throughout the film. We see a woman run across the road, this to me is symbolic of Jenny's character; always running away in her life, never staying to face her problems. The film is so popular because people can relate to the characters, we all want to run away in our lives, jenny lives this nightmare. The woman then dodges a car, this sign of danger represents the danger Jenny inflicted upon herself, pushing her body to the limit, and causing her to contemplate suicide. In the background behind Forrest there is war memorial, this is significant because Forrest fought in the Vietnam War and all of lieutenant Dans ancestors had died in previous wars. The feathers symbolic passage finishes when it falls at Forrest's feet. We see his shoes, worn, dirty, ruined. These shoes were a gift from Jenny. " The best gift a man could ever get" Despite all his riches Forrest chose to keep the trainers he had, he wasn’t superficial and didn’t spawn in greed. Sentimental value meant more to him, a bond with Jenny when she was not there for him. Forrest chooses to pick up the feather, why? Did he see the same meaning in it as a metaphor of destiny, a metaphor for his life? He put the feather into his case. This case depicts Forrests entire life, it contains all the significant things which

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