What Is The Theme Of Forrest Gump

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Prejudice, violence, socioeconomic difficulties, sexual assault, stigmas against people with disabilities, inequality, and politics. These topics resonate throughout the tale of one young southern boy-- Forrest Gump. In Robert Zemeckis's film, Forrest Gump, the tale of a disadvantaged and disabled young boy, who grew up in the South, showcases, through light-hearted comedy, the historical evolution of prejudice and discrimination in the United States of America. Forrest Gump never fit in with his peers during his youth, as they saw him as a strange person who had no place in their society-- simply the same advantages were not available to him upon birth. Fortunately, he stumbled upon a girl named Jenny, someone who would mold and shape how…show more content…
My parents also narrated that my great-grandfather left behind his career of being a doctor for those in Uganda, to help those with limited access to health care. Because of this initial interaction with discrimination, my grandmother became a source of political power in my town of India. My father recently told me that every major political figure in his town would meet at my grandmother’s house and look to her as a source of leadership in the town. Further, she expanded her knowledge of the events to my father and myself—noting the importance of rejecting the idea of violence founded on the idea of discrimination, and the importance of rejecting violence as a whole. My family thus extended to me the concept of looking down upon war, for the sole purpose that war always led to destruction. Because of this, Forrest Gump’s commitment to join the Vietnam War seemed absolutely bizarre to me, it seemed rash and irresponsible. Furthermore, when Lieutenant Dan explained to Forrest his dream of dying a death for the betterment of his country, I was left in disbelief again. This scene allowed me to realize the many layers of war in society, that many people did not see it as a pointless call for…show more content…
Additionally, while growing up, I would spend my Sunday’s going to religious classes at the nearby temple, or I would spend my summers with my grandparents learning about my religion. Throughout these classes and the time I spent with my grandparents I one creed became ingrained in my mind— be kind to others no matter their background. Consequently, this idea instilled itself in me from an early age, the idea that no matter sex, age, religious disparities, race, nationality, socioeconomic standings, or physical differences people were inherently all equals. This idea manifested in my mind and changed the way I perceived all components of my life. In the case of Forrest Gump, the movie further affirmed that all people should be treated as equals and looked at as simply people. Forrest’s simple mindset and perception reaffirmed this belief to me. The movie confirmed that the idea that people were equal, on all levels, was not something difficult to understand— especially when someone as simple as Forrest Gump could understand this. Through my religion, in which treating all people with kindness is integral, allowed me to view the movie through this lens. The foundation religion laid for me has affected all components of my life because it has shifted my perception, my understanding, and my opinions of the world

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