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Analysis of Forest gump for an english class it talks about the techniques use in a movie review of forest gump
Analysis of Forest gump for an english class it talks about the techniques use in a movie review of forest gump

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Forest Gump
The Concept of a Hero/ ContextTextual Features
 
The hero in this article is forest Gump agrown man with a child’s IQ who is avery kind and loving male figure.
The context status of the time was similar to gold finger it’s based in the 1960-70’sit displays the fight between thecommunist Vietcong of Vietnam and thedemocratic United States.
Differences such as the personality andthe disabilities of forest Gump aredisplayed from a modern era point of view the hero is shown to be as adisabled man who lives a glamorous andaction packed life.
Forest is also shown to be as a war herofor his brave actions he was awarded amedal while fighting the communists.
Gump is portrayed as a gentle kind manwho is charming has an IQ of a child yethe is honest loving posses impressiveskills such as international ping pong player, high gun reloading skills and veryfast running skills.
Forest Gump does apply a bias view of women it displays women less superior and successful than men “it appears asthough he is better off in comparison:Gump's choices in life seem to determinehis niceness (he goes to Vietnam, keepshis promises, harbors no ill-feelings or grudges, and is not greedy with fame or money) and successes. Contrast this tothe choices his lifetime girl friend Jennymakes: she wants to be famous and rich, but ends up being a druggie.
 
The peopleshe is surrounded by are all of a dubiousnature: a sexually-abusive father, a showaudience more interested in her naked body than her folk-music playing, and anabusive hippie-boyfriend.”
The use of first person narrative in thearticle”I” expresses the views of thewriter towards the plot line of themovie Forest Gump.
The use of Formal and informallanguage in the article expresses theidea of the variety of readers whoread this article which helps attractsthe reader’s attention to the article.Words such as “Propensity,immensely, endears” are used toexpress the extent of attraction to asituation for example “immensely”was used to demonstrate the extent of love that his mother has for him.Informal words such as “Druggie,crazy, stupid” are used to bring thereality of a situation.
The use of listing is used to contrastthe effect as a hero and the personality/features of a hero foresthas compared to famous actors androle models of his time has “Gumprubs elbows with many famous personalities over the last half of thecentury including Elvis Presley and Nixon,“.
Listing is used again to displayfamous quotes that the hero in themovie uses throughout the movie"Life is like a box of chocolates; younever know what you're going to get."
 
 
The Social context of the 90’s displayshow perspectives of people changedovertime of what they see as hero whichdemonstrates understanding andacceptance of a disabled/closed minded person as their hero in a movie of the1960-70. This article also assists inimplying the idea that hero’s are notcategorized in the upper social classesthat live the life of the rich and famous itdisplays that hero’s can be ordinary people.”
a mother who loves himimmensely and who sleeps with theschool principal in order to makesure her child has the besteducation”
which would’ve of been seen in a different point of view in the 1960’s compared tothe 1960’s which is viewed as amother showing the extent of love she has for her child inorder for him to grow up andhave a successful life.
Robert Zemeckis (of Back to the Future fame) has collected another feather for his cap with hisdirection of this movie starring Tom Hanks as this childishly naive idiot savant. Though thatdescription of Forrest Gump might be inadequate.Gump, gifted with a low IQ which lets him be adorably childlike even as he grows up, leads avery charmed life: a mother who loves him immensely and who sleeps with the school principalin order to make sure her child has the best education, a miraculous incident that eliminates theneed for him to have braces for his legs, a childhood girlfriend who remains faithful to him tillthe end, surviving Vietnam with a medal, and, in general, a propensity for turning everything thathappens to him into good.I wonder what the movie is trying to say. From one perspective, it implies that intelligence (asmeasured by IQs and the general idea of what "smart" is) is a very unnecessary trait. But I think one can look beyond that and say that childlike innocence, which can be considered stupid, hasits rewards. Throughout the movie, Gump is in situations where he is harassed by other people but he never takes offense (except, of course, when his girl Jenny is being abused) at any of the
 
insults thrown at him. He is indeed not completely stupid, even though he is portrayed as such,since he can re-assemble guns at high speed, run like crazy, play ping-pong like a maniac, and soon.The fact that Gump doesn't take offense, I think, is what keeps him content. He becomes amillionaire, but gives most of the money away. He is honest and open and this, along with hisAlabama accent, endears him to the audience. But this gets tiresome after a while (especiallyafter 2 hours). I thought the movie was overly long, but that's the only negative thing I have tosay.Gump rubs elbows with many famous personalities over the last half of the century includingElvis Presley and Nixon, thanks to computer technology (General Dan doesn't really lose his legseither---they are just erased and the background is then touched up by using computer graphics programs). The account of how Gump is responsible for the gyrations that is so characteristic of Presley is very telling of the motives of this movie. Gump is contrasted to the famous males, whoare idols (in some cases) in today's society, and it appears as though he is better off incomparison: Gump's choices in life seem to determine his niceness (he goes to Vietnam, keepshis promises ("a promise is a promise"), harbors no ill-feelings or grudges, and is not greedy withfame or money) and successes. Contrast this to the choices his lifetime girl friend Jenny makes:she wants to be famous and rich, but ends up being a druggie. The people she is surrounded byare all of a dubious nature: a sexually-abusive father, a show audience more interested in her naked body than her folk-music playing, and an abusive hippie-boyfriend.The traditional male heroes that we have had are all dysfunctional in some respect or another andwe are lost without heroes, as Bloom points out. Gump is a new kind of a role-model; he's A Nice Boy and everyone knows they're hard to find. As one reviewer said: "Today the lastAmerican hero is a Tom Hanks character with a small IQ".Forrest Gump is the runaway hit movie of this summer. Many people claim it gets them in touchwith their "inner child". Some reviewers attack it for the view that low IQ is a necessity for maintaining the child-like attitude Gump has. Gump never grows up or matures in the movie. Henever becomes a man and remains a boy throughout. It is implied, at least, that his "stupidity" iswhat allows him to do this. This may or may not be true, but it is just a movie in the end. Most people in his position would not be so fortunate as he. And what about the converse: if you areintelligent, does this mean you cannot be child-like forever? That's not true, and I think Zemeckisdid a good job in showing that anyone can retain their inner child as long they never grow up or  become mature.There's room for much analysis here, but the plot isn't new. Peter Sellers did this a long time ago.

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