Whats Eating Gilbert Grape Essay

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Write a 1-2 page essay that explores the paradox that when the film ends, Gilbert is in
exactly the same place as when it began, yet he has traveled a long way.

What’s eating Gilbert Grape is a very simple yet meaningful movie. There is no clear cut
message that points out the faults of society and it may be hard to interpret a message
because the movie is set around everyday life. However the one thing that is clear, is that
Gilbert realises throughout the movie that his life is going nowhere and he must break the
everyday routine. Gilbert sees through the people he calls his friends and realises that they
influence his decisions to stay. He sees how they fill their days with hope and talk of
something new and small town
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Becky is the main source of motivation Gilbert has for leaving
Endora. She is constantly telling him of the carefree life she has of moving from one town
to another and how good it is to not be tied down to your own life. He is also
romantically interested in Becky which is another driving force behind his ambition to
leave and follow her lifestyle. Unlike his relationship with Mrs. Carver, Gilbert has a
genuine love for Becky which is a sign of his increased maturity and changed attitude
towards a relationship. Gradually he becomes interested in the maps he sees on Becky’s
wall and the opportunities he can persue with her.

Ultimately it is the death of his mother that is the real reason for his moving on. The
mothers passing away, although tragic, is a great burden removed from Gilbert and the
Grape family. He no longer has the obligation to stay and look after her and provide for
the family. He is no longer responsible for the family and the work that comes with
holding it together. He doesn’t have to worry about constant repairs of the house and
keeping it a secret from the mother. The family has split up and he is now free to go his
own way too. There is no guilt in leaving Endora behind.

Gilbert has traveled a very long way since the beginning of the story. His life has turned
completely around for the better and will never be the same again. Gilbert has traveled a
long way…