Forest Gump Essay

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“Forest Gump” The scene starts as Forest Gump (Tom Hanks) discusses his story with a stranger while waiting for waiting for the bus. “Stupid as a stupid does,” he says as he talks about his level of intelligence. Despite of his Intelligence Level less than 75, Gump leads a charming life, with his presence in many of the most memorable events of the 20th century, without trying. The film chronicles his accidental experiences with some of the most important people and events in America, he meets Elvis Presley and teaches him to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, fights in Vietnam and serves with medal of honor, meets John Lennon on “The Dick Cavett Show”, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, becomes a table tennis sensation and defeats the Chinese national team in China, meets Richard Nixon and discovers the break-in at the Watergate. In Vietnam, he and his friend Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue (Mykelti Williamson), agrees to go into the shrimp business together. During the war in Vietnam, Bubba dies after receiving a gunshot wound to his chest. Gump fulfill his promise and set up a famous shrimp fishing company. During the war, he saved many men of his platoon along with 2nd Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise), whose legs were amputated. As an amputee, he is furious at Forrest for leaving him a "cripple" and cheating him out of his destiny to die in battle like his ancestors, but afterwards Dan finally thanks Forrest for saving his life. Forrest leaves the company in the hands of Dan, who invests their wealth in shares of Apple, making them both millionaires, to care for his ailing mother (Sally Field), who dies soon afterwards. The problem is, he's too stupid to realize the significance of his actions. These are all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny Curran (Robin

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