Gilbert Grape Essay

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The film, “What's Eating Gilbert Grape” is a beautifully shot movie exploiting tenderness, caring, self-awareness and love that is set upon a small one street town of Endora, Iowa. The movie is centered around the Grape family. The grape family consists of Gilbert Grape who cares for his mentally ill 17 year old brother, Arnie, his obese mother, Bonnie, and his two other sisters, Amy and Ellen. Throughout the movie you will watch the Grapes striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work, and of course, 17 year old Arnie's mental condition. Gilbert Grape spends a majority of his time caring for his brother Arnie. If it's not that, then he's working. Through the movie you can feel the struggle he is going through. With the store threatening to close down because of neighboring competition. With Bonnie slowly getting more sick and tired every day. Don't forget about Arnie though. For a one child, Arnie makes it seem like 2 handfuls with him always disobeying direct orders. Gilbert tries his hardest to keep up with everything going on but he slowly starts to fade from that once love walks into his life. & not just the “no attachments” sort of thing like the one he has with long time customer and married woman Betty. But something real. But Gilbert is having a hard time managing to keep bother his love life and family life maintained at the same time. Arnie Grape is the baby of the family. The troublemaker. The one you have to keep a very close eye on. With his mental condition, you can never predict what Arnie will do next. With an occasional water tower climbing here and a bathing fit there, Arnie is a lot of work. Which makes the viewers understand and feel Gilbert's struggle even more. Gilbert's guilt is compounded by his family's anger. As a result Arnie refuses to get near water, including the pond by Becky's trailer,

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