What's Eating Gilbert Grape Character Analysis

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WHATS EATING GILBERT GRAPE "I would hope that people might view their fellow beings, all beings, with more empathy, more compassion, with a desire to understand. Even if they can't know why people are the way they are, to understand that they're probably that way for a good reason." said Peter Hedges, author of the book What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and the book has helped him realize this wish. Twenty four year old Gilbert Grape lives in Endora, a dying small town where life is like “dancing to no music”. He works at a grocery store, whose business is threatened by the newly opened supermarket. Gilberts’ mother, who was once the town sweetheart, has not stopped eating since her husband hanged himself in the basement, and the floor beneath her TV chair is threatening to cave in. His elder sister Amy still mourns the death of Elvis and the fact that her boyfriend dumped her. Ellen, the younger sister who is hooked on makeup and boys, quarrels relentlessly with him. The biggest event on the horizon for all the Grapes…show more content…
What makes it so good is the interaction between characters and the unique language style. The family and the characters in What's Eating Gilbert Grape might be strange, but they seem like real characters with real emotions, for the author successfully gives each of them a vivid depiction. Arnie is about to turn eighteen, but mentally, he is like a five-year-old. He always has traces of some food on his face, and when he feels like it, he climbs up on the water tower, or catches grasshoppers and chops off their heads. He never listens to his brother or sister, and always makes trouble for them. However, when we are reading, we do not hate him or laugh at him, for he just does not know any better. He not only arouses readers compassion, but also is loved and protected by all his family. It is through that that we see the power of love maintains this dysfunctional

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