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Tony Powell October 12th, 2011 Speech 1311 Communication analysis: Forrest Gump Mrs. Baxter
1. What did you learn about the character, Forrest Gump, in the opening scene by observing his non-verbal behaviors and listening to his speech? As the camera gracefully swooped down following the care free feather, I immediately received an impression through nonverbal communication that he is a very proper man, displayed by his hands that lay flat on his thighs and a properly tucked in suit. As the shot closes in, I see his tattered and muddy shoes and now my perception has changed. To wear a suit and to have filthy worn shoes certainly sends mixed messages to the audience, which would lend itself to placing a person in an open minded state to being receptive to what is really going on with this person. As the feather lands on his shoe, Forrest shows a multitude of facial expressions. Initially he shows signs of bewilderment followed by recognition and perceived significance. He even displays a micro expression as he assigns significance to this feather as his bottom lip closes to meet his top lip as to signify a resolute decision. In his mind he might have thought, “Humph, that doesn’t happen every day” and immediately resigns the feather to a children’s book in his briefcase that has implied significance as well. His briefcase clearly shows that he is a neat, tidy and prepared man through evidence of toothpaste, folded clothing and a ping pong paddle. As the woman sits down on the bus bench Forrest shows a slight reserve as he looks twice at the lady before he decides to speak. The initial impression when he does speak shows some negligible signs of slowed speech but only enough to present itself as a fleeting thought. Forrest is very direct and engaging in his speech and shows no signs of being distracted by interference or surrounding noise despite his heavily trafficked location in the opening scene. As he offers chocolates to the woman, he seems very generous and even overbearing with how close he presents them, showing signs that he might be a partially oblivious man. The woman displays a slight pause thinking over the surprising generosity of a perfect stranger. Unsure of why this stranger is so outgoing and generous, she only responds with a reserved head shake. Undaunted by her reserved reaction and rejection, Forrest persists to engage as he quotes his mother, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” The woman sighs and tilts her head away and into the magazine she is reading clearly showing a
The woman begins to look and make eye contact now with Forrest as she seems genuinely interested by his more significant thought. confirming now that he is indeed socially oblivious and lacks the understanding or social-speech intelligence to evaluate a listeners feedback on an in depth level. Forrest continues to speak unencumbered. From this opening scene. conversely. Forrest is clearly a nostalgic person that values his memories and is not ashamed to share them. he is a polite man that is outgoing and infectiously engaging. direct and proper presentation of himself. . Socially he appears to be less refined as he is oblivious to others non-verbal and verbal cues. you can see he is trying hard to recall a memory from a long time ago as a child and the scene switches to him as a little boy.lack of interest in what Forrest has to say. however. honest. Forrest shows deeper thought and insight as he speaks about how shoes can be representative of where and what a person has done in their life. this is balanced out by his open. As his face scrunches up. who is comically showing the same facial expressions as the older version of himself just moments ago. despite a lack of engagement from the woman. Verbally he shows signs of being a potential dolt when coupled with his social ineptness. While the camera begins to pan in more deeply.
It was confirmed to me in the scene with Forrest’s principal that Forrest was indeed of a lower mental capacity as I had suspected. His speech was of substantial nature and appeared to be honest and without double meanings or connotations. Forrest was raised in the as a child in the 1950’s by a mother that unconditionally loved him and encoded advise and wisdom to him in a very special and unique way. Through this foundation Forrest grew with a strong moral compass and showed his enduring loyalty and love continually through the movie. Having these attributes he proves to cover the four maxims of conversation . giving Bubba’s mother half the worth of his company and providing a father figure for his son all prove this to be true. As the movie progresses my view of him changed as I begin to understand his culture. values and beliefs. direct. Forrest was raised to think in a positive manner while learning to accept everyone as the same. This style of presentation assists in the development of Forrest’s character in a detailed and insightful manner for the viewer. for a boy of his mental capacity. he was clearly decisive. running into combat to save his friends. He was simply outgoing and honest and enjoyed reliving his past experiences through conversation. honest. Throughout the movie Forrest’s character develops in a temporal aspect as told in the first person through Forrest. but was not a boor. A boor is someone who carries on in an inconsiderate manner with tones of sarcasm and superiority. He displayed certain nuances in his speech that led to the belief that he had some sort of small speech or mental impediment. and that our differences are what make us unique. background. Although Forrest was not superior in intelligence. brief and spoke in relevance to the conversation. His outward appearance was clean and tidy and presented himself non-verbally in a proper social manner. Forrest certainly liked to talk about his past experiences with perfect strangers.2. His protection of Jenny when she was in danger. He was overbearing to a small degree yet somehow remained to be polite as well. This attributes his lowered speech rate and lack of ability to understand most connotative and in depth statements. What was your initial impression of Forrest Gump? Did it remain the same throughout the movie or did it change? What caused your impression to remain the same or change? Forrest Gump was initially presented to me as a person who likes to overly self-disclose and was potentially a bore.
however. . His lack of self awareness leaned him to an outgoing nature with strangers.” Not only did he agree. what little negative opinions I had of him were replaced with positive ones. but he followed through with shining success and unfaltering persistence. Examples of this include: engaging in battle in a room full of anti-war zealots with weapons. Forrest kept his head turned to show he was listening and after quietly paying attention in the noise of the jungle he replies. they were not complete in nature. he had little shame in his actions as he did what he felt was right in his eyes. One prime example of all four maxims can be found in a one word response from Forrest. What I mistook for him being overbearing was actually his direct manner of speech and his large propensity to self disclose. Also. Forrest is in the middle of Vietnam with Bubba and Bubba proposes that Forrest join in with to be partners in the shrimping industry. This gave him a disposition to be impulsive in situations before contemplating the consequences.with consistency. jumping off a moving boat to say hello to a friend leaving the craft unattended and running into an area of the jungle about to be bombed with an airstrike to save his friend. Some of my initial impressions were correct. As I understood Forrest’s actions more completely and from where they stemmed. even in the face of a hurricane. Forrest had a completely transparent open self and a very large blind self. “Okay. Forrest may have been of lower mental capacity but he was still a more than adequate communicator and conversationalist when it was required of him. My opinion of Forrest changed as I understood his social interactions more in depth as I continued to watch the movie.
Forrest. This kind of positive reinforcement also serves to help strengthen Forrest’s self-approval. but I know what love is. you are the same as everyone else.” This is helpful for Forrest in his self concept in that he can rationalize actions of his own (and others) that does not make sense or may be looked upon in society as stupid. “That sometimes we just do things that just don’t make no sense. when he graduated college. Many people bluntly ask him if he is stupid and. He demonstrates this while he was in conversation with the older lady at the bus stop as he proudly lists all of his accomplishments (football star. “I’m not a smart man.” These two statements may be viewed as contradictory and potentially a mixed message but it is paramount to helping Forrest to understand that everyone is different. “If God intended everyone to be the same. Would you describe Forrest’s self-concept as positive or negative? Why? Give examples of comments his mother made to cause his self-concept to either be positive or negative. and how it came from his grandfather that was in the Klu Klux Klan. Ms. showing that he has a lack of self confidence in relation to his perceived intelligence. and how that fact does not make them any better than someone else. as they ask him this. Forrest’s mother also repeatedly says. He even goes as far as to disclose to Jenny that. war hero. but a positive self-concept in relation to other associated values and beliefs. Ms.” Although there is a negative concept about his intelligence.” Conversely she also says. they’d have given us braces on all our legs. his mother has instilled in him ideals and beliefs to help him cope and combat with negative comments from other people She has helped him to understand that no one is the same and that is what makes a person special. She said. “Don’t let anybody ever tell you that they’re better than you Forrest. Gump explains the origin of his name.3. he has a negative self-concept in relation to the intelligence level that society sets as a standard. . Forrest Gump has many strengths and few weaknesses. Through the looking glass self. “I’m so proud of you Forrest”. he has also gained a positive concept about his strengths and abilities.Gump was very proud of her son and displayed this through her love for him and verbally telling him. he looks down as he responds. Through Forrest’s personal accomplishments.
for free. shrimping boat captain. Forrest’s mother did an excellent job of enabling him to develop the most positive self-concept that he could possibly obtain in life with the mental handicap that he had. He merely views himself as being different and accepts it for what it is from a pragmatic viewpoint. and college graduate) as a metamessage to his job offer to cut the grass for the Greenbow Alabama College campus. but utilizing his mother’s logic. . his unknown self does not perceive this as a wholly negative concept. Forrest understands that his intelligence level differs negatively from that of others.national celebrity. Through people’s comments and questions about his stupidity.
In another instance. As Forrest climbs ashore.” Forrest interpreted this question literally and concordantly replied with a literal denotative response.” “Yes. non-verbal reaction. As Jenny observes Forrest’s awed. Forrest is a largely simplistic man. sits close to Forrest and angles herself towards him. Dan was attempting to be humorous in light . Dan! What are you doing here?!” to which Lt. Instead of verbally clarifying the miscommunication Jenny decides to take a more direct non-verbal approach. takes Forrest’s hand and places it upon her breasts. Jenny clearly had a connotative inquiry as to whether or not Forrest had any sexual encounters with a woman before but lacked the proper encoding for Forrest to fully understand. he asks. This is mostly attributed to his lower IQ level and his lack of interpretation skills on a social-speech level. I thought I’d try out my sea legs. “Have you ever been with a girl Forrest?” Forrest immediately replies. and generally puts no additional effort into evaluating speech more in depth. “Well. Dan at the fishing dock and promptly jumps ship to swim to him and say hello. As Forrest looks away with wide eyes he no doubt understands what Jenny truly meant by her question. Dan. she does not retreat or show signs of discomfort in light of his response. Forrest is captaining his shrimping boat when he spots Lt. An example of this mindset is when Jenny sneaks Forrest into her all girl college and engages him in conversation in her room. Forrest notices this and seemingly cannot control his wandering eyes as he gazes upon her bra and chest in a curious manner. “Lt. Forrest is only able to receive messages on an objective level and is unable to decode connotative meaning and understand the potential subjective meanings of a speaker’s statements. Encumbered by these short comings. he replied.4.” Forrest replies. Give two examples in which Forrest’s interpretation/comprehension of language differed from that of others. Dan replies in a modestly cheerful manner. “I sit next to them in my home economics class all the time. She removes her bra. “Well you ain’t got no legs Lt. receives messages on a surface level. Lt. I know that”. Jenny proceeds to take off her wet clothing. This could even be construed as a non-verbal metamessage to her question. showing a non-verbal desire for physical interaction. Instead she firmly stays put.
Due to Lt. he mistakenly forgot to encode his message properly so Forrest would understand as to why he was there. Lt. Lt. and replied with a response as to clarify the confusion. Dan clarifies by reminding Forrest that he wrote him a letter informing that he was a shrimping boat Captain. Dan not having interaction with Forrest for an extended period of time.of his disability by presenting a sarcastic statement as to why he was there that day on the dock. Clearly Forrest missed this sarcasm and once again. A man of his word. Dan was there to honor his promise to be his first mate. took the statement objectively. .
Forrest says. “Just stay a little bit longer. “Jenny! Jenny? Where did you run off to girl?” This overall abrasive demeanor as he leaves the house is a clear indication of his anger management problems. “Shh! Daddy’s taking a nap. the detached look on her face and concern for her father being awake. How does the producer of this movie give the viewer additional insight into Jenny’s life with her father? Comment on both her verbal and non verbal communication. undoubtedly showing a correlation . she stood there with her back facing away from the house in a dazed and partially shocked sort of manner as she confoundedly strokes a large corn leaf. subtle and obvious clues are given to us to convey the relationship between Jenny and her abusive father. as she leads them into the corn patch to evade her father.” Jenny replies. He was always kissing and touching her and her sisters. Jenny grabs Forrest’s hand as a gesture for help and to follow her and exclaims. One day Jenny did not show up for school and Forrest took immediate notice of this absence. Then. As Jenny is running away we can see that as her Father wildly searches for her while he has a bottle of liquor clasped in his hand. bonding. an inference can be made that Jenny missed school as a result of her father’s poor parenting and abusive nature.5. Jenny’s father bursts through the back door. purposefully kicking a bucket across the yard and yells. Throughout the development of Jenny and Forrest’s relationship as children.” Forrest observed and decoded these non-verbal and verbal communications for help and support. out by their favorite tree in the beginning of the movie.” Through this narration the stage is set to give full insight into Jenny’s father and the full scope of his vilifying behavior. He runs to her house to investigate the matter and we learn through narration that Forrest has observed abusive and improper behavior in the past with Jenny’s father. Jenny quickly retorts. “Come on Forrest!”. The first clue we are given presents when Jenny and Forrest are spending time together. Jenny grabs Forrest’s hand in a concerned manner when Forrest says. “Mamma’s gonna worry about me.” At this point through Jenny’s general tone of voice. As Forrest approaches her he asks why she wasn’t at school that day. “Jenny’s dad was a very loving man. and was curious as to the reason why Jenny almost never wanted to go home. Forrest finally locates Jenny in the back yard by the corn fields.
Dear God make me a bird. far far away from here. As Forrest astutely noted. a change which Forrest relished as he was in closer proximity of Jenny now. He did however have the police intervene and tell Jenny that she did not have to live with her father anymore and she was to move into her grandmothers over at Creekmore Avenue. “pray with me Forrest. The producers of Forrest Gump did an excellent job of depicting to the audience the abusive actions of Jenny’s father without actually having to display it. Jenny motioned for Forrest to stop running by stopping and pulling his hand down with hers and said. prayer and Forrest to protect her.between his abusive parenting and anger that is potentially rooted in alcoholism. God didn’t grant Jenny their wish to be turned into a bird that day.” Jenny and Forrest chanted this prayer over and over again as a serious cry for help to escape the evil clutches of her father. These suspicions are confirmed in the corn field as we see Jenny’s desire to escape her drunken. . irate father and seek the comfort of God. They give hints and clues that develop into malevolent suspicions for the viewer and show through Jenny’s non-verbal body language with Forrest. of a potentially harmful relationship with her father. pray with me. so I can fly far.
eventually beating the man senseless for slapping Jenny. They non-verbally affirm their new relationship with a customary handshake. Due to her lack of forethought in this manner. Give several examples of self-disclosure between Jenny and Forrest.6. Forrest disclosed to her how he would never hurt her and how he wanted to be her boyfriend. Self-disclosure is defined as revealing information about yourself to others that was previously unknown. Forrest was called a “Baby Killer”. “I can’t help it. Even though he was unprepared for this. Jenny did not directly respond to Forrest’s disclosure of wanting to be her boyfriend and merely said. Jenny and Forrest self-disclose on many occasions. and subsequently both had to leave the party. Afterwards. as they were walking down the street. he takes a huge risk of self-disclosure and says. “Forrest.” Forrest had no response to this and was likely suffering from rejection. Another instance takes place at Jenny’s college when Jenny reveals her breasts to Forrest. I love you. Jenny rejects the entire premise of Forrest loving her by responding. On the bridge. After Forrest had returned from Vietnam.” This is one of the largest forms of self-disclosure with a potentially immense reward if the love is reciprocated. Jenny took a perceived risk of danger. They greeted each other. This interaction demonstrates a basic form of selfdisclosure showing very little risk and reward. “I know you wouldn’t hurt me Forrest. Jenny introduced him to her Black Panther friends. The rewards however for this might have been significant by increasing the relationship status both sexually and mentally. Through this self-disclosure. the first occurring on the school bus when they were children meeting for the first time. a potential risk of self-disclosure. you don’t know what love is. after Forrest had seen Jenny at the bar singing and playing the guitar. Forrest might have rejected her and showing her breasts was an irreversible action. Jenny should have considered the possible burdens of disclosing a group of anti-war activists to a soldier in uniform that had just returned from the war. he still showed no signs of rejection and even apologized for his unprepared reaction.” After . swapped names. Forrest was not ready for this interaction as his sexual prowess was greatly outmatched by Jenny’s. and engaged in phatic communication.
. As a latent result of the amount of self-disclosure and bonding between the two. trusting relationship. Alabama.that. Later on during Jenny’s stay at Forrest’s house.Dan and their relationship.. Forrest took a huge risk and was once again rejected by Jenny as she says. Years later Jenny and Forrest reconnected at her apartment. Jenny intently listened to Forrest without much feedback. they walked around their nation’s capitol and Jenny told Forrest how she had taken LSD to expand her mind as well as her travels across the United States along with the adventures that came with them. Additionally Forrest’s offer was rewarded as well as Jenny finally accepts his offer to be his wife as she asks.” In response and remembering her past rejection.” Later that evening she also self-disclosed that she had a virus. I was messed up for a long time. a virus that is incurable. Later on that night Forrest’s prior self-disclosure was partially rewarded as Jenny crawled into bed with him and told her that she loved him as they bonded and made love. but I know what love is. Forrest once again discloses his love in the form of asking Jenny to marry him. Jenny returned to his house in GreenBow. During this time Forrest disclosed many of his personal successes. “You don’t want to marry me. After Forrest had become a huge success. presumably because she was tired from her hippie adventures. Forrest was completely rejected and crushed by this result which shows the dangers of self-disclosure and the potential to scare someone away. It was inferred that she was afraid to settle down due to a life of constant moving and partying. Forrest said. “Why don’t you love me Jenny? .” Forrest did not take this rejection well and exited the house to leave Jenny’s presence. Forrest deeply enjoyed hearing of her travels and they mutually benefited from sharing and increased knowledge of one another. “Would you marry me Forrest?” . the following morning Jenny left Forrest. At this point in their friendship. these forms of selfdisclosure are expected and pose very little risk as the two have a fully developed. I may not be a smart man. Jenny apologizes and says. his ping-pong adventures and his mama’s death. He told her all about his shrimping business. Jenny was rewarded with this self-disclosure as Forrest offered for her to live with him and to take care of her and little Forrest. Lt. “I’m sorry.
Forrest was rejected for his self disclosure as Jenny was not ready to commit or settle down in her life. . honesty and openness eventually paid off in the end as he finally got to marry the girl of his dreams.The self-disclosure between Jenny and Forrest were linear and progressive as their relationship grew through the years. understanding and non-judgmental when Jenny self-disclosed and consequently Jenny suffered no rejection and was rewarded every time. Forrest was always perceptive. Forrest’s persistence. On multiple occasions.
Dan Taylor. Utilizing the power dimension of expertise. he continues to address him as . “put your hands down. Lt. Dan quickly dismisses these displays of authority with a non-verbal gesture to put their hands down and additionally says. Dan use communication (verbal and non verbal) to establish authority? From the very first moment that Forrest meets Lt. Dan can be heard yelling on the battlefield. “You must be my FNG’s. After Lt. there’s god damn snipers all around this area that would love to grease an officer.” Lt. Lt.” (Fucking New Guys) Lt. Dan around in his wheel chair in New York. Dan consistently gave orders to Forrest and the platoon on many occasions showing continual unfaltering authority. Forrest pushes Lt. do not salute. How does Forrest’s Lt.7. In one scene the rain stopped and the platoon was hit with a violent ambush and seconds later Lt. As he verbally gives this advice he also points and wags his finger illustrating the extreme importance of this information. Dan proceeds to give Forrest and Bubba combat related advice that he believes is paramount to the success of a soldier. he verbally establishes his authority through a simple statement. welcome to Fourth platoon. rank insignia or any other presentational clues to represent his authority. “Ambush! Take cover!” Lt. I’m Lt. Forrest and Bubba immediately drop their bags to salute the assumed officer. Dan was a shining example of an officer as demonstrated in the face of combat and potential death. Lt. showing a continual sign of respect and authority even though it was not required. and confirm the severity and status of the situation to his troops. most notably. Dan verbally establishes his authority for the first time here. Lt. “Get down! Shut up!” while waving his hand downwards in a motion to obey him and hit the deck. Dan was not wearing a uniform.. Dan was consistent with his leadership and proved it here by verbally issuing orders during the initial shock of an ambush to help relay instruction to all his platoon members. Lt. Dan and Forrest Gump were finished with their service Forrest continues to address him as Sir or Lt. socks. makes runs to the liquor store and even in a party-type setting on New Year’s Eve. Dan. Dan would get “funny feelings” about a rock or a trap and would yell.
symbols (rank insignia) as a constant visual reminder. “No Sir”. Forrest replies as he looks down at the ground understanding his role and that the power dimension has not changed in their prolonged absence of each other. and expertise power dimensions to further reinforce his position. Lt. Consequentially. Lt.Lieutenant. Dan uses commanding gestures to emphasize his verbal commands. he was able to maintain command and respect without reprisal or mutiny. . Dan never abused his authority with Forrest or his troops. Dan ensures his lasting authority when he informs Forrest he will be his first mate as promised and says. Lt. He wildly waves his hands. “Over there Gump! Over there! That’s where we’ll find those shrimp!” Lt. Dan also uses an authoritative and confident tone with Forrest throughout the movie to show his alpha status. Dan still gives orders and directions to where he believes that shrimp will be caught. “Yea. Lt.” as he points his finger directly in Forrest’s face. Lt. but don’t you be thinking I’m going to be calling you Sir. Lt. Despite the lower achieved authority of a first mate in comparison to a Captain. points and yells. Dan’s authority maintains consistency even when his achieved status of first mate is lower than that of Forrest being Captain. Dan had an array of components that contributed to the authority he enacted over Forrest as they develop as friends and business partners through the movie. Dan remains consistent in his authoritative manner throughout the movie with Forrest due to these actions and speech dynamics that are employed. Lt.
Again not understanding Forrest. Forrest cites his mother’s saying. you remain a stupid person. There are numerous small examples through the movie of characters displaying thickheaded actions without giving considerable thought to the social or personal consequences of them. “are you stupid or something?”. plain and simple. This same occurrence took place again when Forrest was in high school as bullies chased him down with their truck threatening to run him over as the bumper nipped at his heels. In essence this quote summarizes a social-psychological pattern that has developed in the United States in how we judge people. An intelligent person may be smart and have a wealth of knowledge at his or her fingertips. Ironically their doltish behavior resulted in Forrest receiving a scholarship to college to play football. This kind of ambiguous answer helps Forrest to save face and preserve his self concept to a manageable degree. Forrest’s mother went to great lengths to explain things to Forrest to help improve his self-concept and this quote is a prime example. likely to accomplish much more than the short-sighted ruffians in the truck. .8. Forrest is neither denying nor confirming that he is stupid when confronted with the question. many of the children looked at the braces on his legs and even subconsciously noted the insecure expression on his face. People are afraid of what they do not understand and the children displayed this as everyone but Jenny on the bus denied him a seat. These actions were unfair and clearly showed a lack of empathy and thought.” Explain the meaning of this saying and demonstrate through instances in the movie how it proves true. regardless of any ascribed or achieved statuses that they may hold. Another instance is when three children tracked down Forrest on their bikes and began to buffalo Forrest while he was with Jenny. You are what you do. A person is judged by their actions. defining this as a stupid action. they reacted violently and thoughtlessly as they threw rocks at him. Forrest miraculously evaded the situation as he discovered his running abilities and outran the bullies. “Stupid is as stupid does. he simply quotes his mother and leaves it to the listener for them to interpret and evaluate in their own fashion. but if he or she act without forethought and engage in stupid activity. When Forrest boarded the school bus for the first time. beating them at their own game. especially in his younger years.
Jenny flagged down the first truck she could find and left Forrest on the spot. She could not handle commitment and acted irrationally and thoughtlessly. Additionally. while wearing platform shoes. That night at the bar where she was playing. he displayed stupid actions through his heroism. At one point Jenny was in a man’s house on New Years Eve while he lay dead in the bed from what appeared to be a drug overdose. a kind demeanor.” Finally. Jenny wanted to become a national star and a folk singer. Another instance of witless behavior took place in a hotel room outside on the balcony. the Lieutenant refused to leave his men behind despite the inevitable air strike that was coming to obliterate the area. Dan. Dan and his company came under fire in an ambush. it was ultimately stupid and to quote General Patton. Forrest was making runs rescuing injured soldiers from the danger zone to the safe zone in an attempt to find his friend Bubba.Lt. she ran away to avoid reality and decisive action. however. Jenny went to run from her troubles and problems as she storms outside. “I love you Jenny. she sang naked in a bar with a guitar over her lap…good intentions.” As a result of this self-disclosure. Forrest told her. but to make the other bastard die for his. and a fun spirit. and uses the roof above her to keep her balance. She climbs up on the railing of the balcony. However. In pursuit of this dream she began by showcasing herself in The Playboy magazine to gain publicity. she was kicked out of college. . Once again. there is a recurring theme of nonsensical actions displayed by one character in particular. She appeared to pay no concern as she checked her makeup and the bruise in her eye (presumably from the man in the room) through the mirror and left. This was the beginning of Jenny’s downward spiral and a continual theme of impulsive and immature behavior. Lt. Jenny. He wanted to live up to his family name and die in the war like his forefathers. When he came upon Lt. This caused her to perpetually be placed in situations that were without a doubt incredibly stupid. As a result. whenever Jenny was faced with commitment or responsibilities. “the object of war is not to die for your country. poor execution. Jenny has a good heart. thought and rationality. Dan is a leader and war veteran of epic proportions. While this was honorable. This kind of thinking is illogical and riddled with an imbalance of pride and courage vs. Jenny made a dismissive motion as she scattered cocaine lines across a mirror as a gesture of disgust towards the drug and addiction. having made no phone calls or providing any assistance whatsoever.
She slips momentarily and catches her balance. He made resolute decisions and actions based on positive values and beliefs. . positive.I. In doing so. She climbs down and rocks herself in her chair and cries in an attempt to deal with the shock from her own moronic actions.S.D. Jenny coyly encodes to him her wayward adventures that mainly included drug use. This continued on for the better part of Jenny’s twenties and finally came to a halt as she returned to Greenbow. Forrest may have been below the national average in terms of IQ. and rewarding life proving the truth of his mother’s admonition to him. When Forrest and Jenny are walking in their nation’s capitol. immediately realizing the stupidity of her actions shown by the shock in her face. Furthermore Jenny’s ill-advised actions proved eventually fatal as she contracted a fatal STD. unsafe living conditions and a general lack of stability in her life. A. he lived a very prosperous. but his decision making skills and actions prove him to be well above any social-judgmental standard. to decompress for her overly active and self-abusive lifestyle. Alabama.
While running. thereby allowing the conversation to seamlessly flow. a brief and concise response. focusing his attention consistently on the speaker and never interrupting. Dan asks. An example of this is when Lt. it used to be I ran to get where I was going…I never thought it would take me anywhere. while he is speaking to the black woman at the bus stop. He is straight forward and never uses connotative meanings in his messages with one exception. “Have you found Jesus Forrest?” To which Forrest replies. Forrest displayed shortcomings in regard to being culturally aware of whom he was speaking and the appropriate content of his topic matter. Was Forrest a competent communicator? Forrest consistently makes eye contact with individuals with whom he is speaking and shows no signs of distraction through psychological noise as he is a very attentive and respectful listener despite the topic or situation. One example of this is while he is running across America a T-shirt salesman inquires as to an idea for a T-shirt. he speaks about his great grandfather who started a club . “Now. maintaining the role of listener. “I didn’t know I was supposed to be looking for him sir.9. Forrest lacked some competency in his communication when interpreting received messages while listening as he takes every statement literally and does not.” The connotative message that is inferred here is achievement in life through running. he was an excellent soldier because he listened intently and followed orders precisely with unwavering obedience. Dan has connotative meaning although Forrest was unable to fully decode it.” Clearly this question from Lt. While Forrest was in boot camp. “It happens”. In Forrest’s response. Listening is a key factor in competent communication and Forrest does this well by avoiding distractions. In the opening scene. This requires less thought and interpretation for the listener. he truly displays the conversation maxim of manner to its fullest degree. he says. or cannot. There was one exception to Forrest using connotative communication as he is self-disclosing to the black lady on the bus. engage in depth listening. Throughout the movie Forrest never responds in a conversation with an ambiguous response. Forrest steps in a pile of poop and makes no mention of this as he continues to run and still pays focus to the speaker in the conversation.
Forrest bridges his underdeveloped communication with a wealth of positive and competent communication skills including: direct eye contact. how they ran around with bed sheets on their heads.called the “Klu Klux Klan”. remembering. Forrest remembers every instruction and the materials required to begin his own shrimping business as Bubba had conveyed to him throughout their service. When he was at college. obtain success and create long lasting personal relationships in the world. Through the entire. and rode on horses. showing clear interest in what his speaker has told him and a healthy curiosity for the truth. . honesty. rephrasing to understand. Even in the midst of a combat environment. In harmony with his excellent memory. directness. denotative speech.” Forrest rephrases to clarify the message by saying. “Coons? When raccoons get on our porch Momma just chases them off with a broom” As the student clarifies further to help Forrest understand what he really meant and as Forrest understands he is speaking about black people. Overall. movie he relays events in proper order of time to multiple listeners in the exact order in which they occurred. “They’re trying to let coons into the school. Forrest demonstrates that he displays great ability in a temporal aspect of contextual communication. Forrest is also excellent at remembering what he is told. cooperative speech and behavior(except when he was protecting Jenny). there was a large gathering and a fellow student says. having these positive speech qualities gave Forrest the tools to thrive. Forrest lacks developed skills in advanced interpretation and evaluation of messages in communicating alongside a socially oblivious demeanor. Forrest investigates even further by approaching the front of the school. This absolutely violates suitable language practices of racism and stems from Forrest’s social obliviousness. Positively overshadowing these negative aspects. empathetic listening. Forrest also tries admirably to understand what the speaker is saying to him to the best of his ability even if cognitively he does not understand.
he was uncomfortable and shocked and was unable to control his physical or mental reactions in this regard. once again. became involved. had saved her from a potentially abusive man and had followed her outside to talk. The first occurrence of Jenny rejecting Forrest takes place on a bridge outside a bar that she had just performed at.10. led towards intimacy and eventually came to fruition with their marriage. Jenny invited Forrest into her college one rainy night to dry off. played a large role in the continual friendship between the two all the way through high school. Jenny tried to express to Forrest that he can’t keep trying . was not ready for this kind of commitment and consistently rejected Forrest leading to temporary dissolution of their relationship on many occasions. Jenny and Forrest’s relationship began in the contact phase on the school bus as they introduced themselves and began to share with one another. Ironically. Forrest. Analyze it according to a healthy relationship in our text. Jenny put her bra back on and joked with Forrest providing levity and lightened the tension she had placed on the relationship. constant protection and love for her. Comment on the relationship of Jenny and Forrest. and potentially intensifying the relationship. however. Forrest’s physical attraction. Jenny initiated contact through invitational communication as she says. “You can sit here if you want. Jenny was personally satisfied on most occasions and internalized a future with Forrest because of his self-disclosure. coupled with the close proximity of Jenny. Having realized this phase of testing was a failure. Jenny engaged the involvement stage of a relationship by testing boundaries. Jenny. after he had protected her from a potentially abusive man in a car. Primarily through Jenny’s selfish actions. Forrest was not ready for this kind of intimacy level because he had never had a sexual encounter in his life. She asked Forrest if he had ever been with a girl before and took off her bra and guided his hand to touch her breasts. the relationship had periods of dissolution that were not necessarily related to typical intrapersonal dissatisfaction. As they sat on the bed.” Forrest immediately recognizes Jenny as the most beautiful thing he had ever seen and was taken aback by her beauty. Jenny and Forrest’s relationship development was gradual.
Jenny still only spared a few thoughts of wisdom before she ran off. as they realized their presence in the crowd. “I can’t help it. Jenny. upset by failure and faced with a man that loved her. When Forrest returned from the war. she still left. The next day Jenny left Washington. Jenny and Forrest went on to further reestablish their friendship that day through forms of self-disclosure and symbolic forms of physical contact. grew through long distance communication while Forrest was in Vietnam. Alabama to reconnect and recover from her self-destructive lifestyle. Jenny replied to every letter.” Despite the uncharacteristically generous nature of this statement from Jenny. with her abusive boyfriend after Forrest disclosed that he wanted to be her boyfriend. for example. ran from the situation by hitching a ride on a truck with a stranger. During this time. I love you Jenny.” To which Jenny replied. Throughout the time that was spent at Forrest’s . leaving Forrest wanting more and partially rejected. “You don’t know what love is”. Forrest once again displayed his love for Jenny with the protection of her as he assaults a man that had hit Jenny at a Black Panther party. Even after Forrest disclosed that he would be leaving for Vietnam. and ceremoniously hugged in the reflection pool evoking the cheers of thousands of people as they empathized with this reconnection. despite being hindered by distance. leaving him with the possibility of never having contact again. In addition to this. thereby not reciprocating the feelings that Forrest had self-disclosed. “I’ll always be your girl Forrest. he reconnected with Jenny at the nation’s capitol through a most awesome display of relationship reconnection. after numerous personal achievements by Forrest. D. reciprocating their long distance relationship and continuing the process of social bonding. Jenny partially reciprocated these feelings from Forrest by saying.C. presumably ashamed or unwilling to share the follies of her irresponsible lifestyle to Forrest in order to save face. The two ran to each other.to rescue her all the time and Forrest responded. Jenny and Forrest’s relationship. Forrest self-disclosed much information about his life while Jenny remained relatively quiet. holding hands. Jenny returned to his house in Greenbow. This action reaffirmed to Jenny the unwavering love and protection of her good friend. Many years later. Forrest would write her letters telling her all about Vietnam and the things that he had done.
He states how he would make a good husband and Jenny agrees with him but responds. Being the decisive man that Forrest is. little Forrest is dropped off at the door . and attributes her actions to being really messed up for a long time. “I ran a long way. and verbally reciprocates Forrest’s love for her as she says. kisses him. Jenny had noticed Forrest running on TV and decided to reach out to him through a letter and invited him to Savannah. Forrest responded. Jenny leaves Forrest whilst he slept to run away from her commitment issues and an inability to settle down. When he arrived at her apartment Jenny shows him a scrap book all about his running and Forrest responds. kissing him on the forehead and turning off the TV. That rainy night while Forrest lay in bed. “You don’t want to marry me. Georgia to meet up.” Jenny’s silence was a form of disconfirmation to his question and comments and. he walks outside to reflect on his emotions.” Forrest persists and asks. Before she can elaborate further.house. this type of normative relationship action signified a deep connection for him and a yearning for future transactions of the same or greater value. running.” Forrest and Jenny make love that night and their intimacy reaches the highest possible level obtainable. their relationship grew past the involvement stage and into the Intimacy stage. “Why don’t you love me Jenny?” Jenny non verbally responds to this engaging in eye avoidance because she is embarrassed and knows that she does indeed love Forrest. “I may not be a smart man. She apologizes for anything she had ever done to him. Forrest is supremely rejected as he realizes Jenny has left him once again and engages in a coping mechanism that has always brought him satisfaction and fun. as his mother had once advised him as he was younger. Whether known to Forrest or not. for a long time. in an effort to repair the relationship. “I do love you Forrest. “mhmm”.” Jenny took this statement as a double meaning. but I know what love is. Forrest places his Dr. and Jenny responded back by touching him on the shoulder. Jenny entered his room. fourteen days and sixteen hours before he was able to put the past behind him and move on. he asked Jenny to marry her. The very next morning. Jenny asked Forrest if he was done watching the TV.Pepper down on the table beside him with authority and follows Jenny into the hall. Forrest ran for three years. knowing that he had run for so long because of her previous rejection of him. two months. One night on July 4th. in true form to her past. Forrest continues. rejected again.
She goes on to tell Forrest that is his son. despite several personal rejections from her. Jenny finally accepts Forrest’s offer to marry him through her own offer as she asks. Jenny and Forrest’s relationship went through cycles of dissolution and repair as a result of Jenny’s constant rejection. Jenny discloses to Forrest that she is terminally ill and due to Forrest’s unrequited love. Forrest’s loyalty. although not long lasting due to Jenny’s illness. In response to this overwhelming generosity and kindness.interrupting her explanation. Forrest and Jenny show their commitment through a marriage ceremony at Forrest’s house to make it official and public to their friends and family. but could not handle the commitment due to her own personal short comings and a propensity for adventure and wanderlust. The relationship of Jenny and Forrest was highly imbalanced and incredibly unique. he offers to take care of her and little Forrest in Greenbow. the repair process is complete. leaving Forrest for the final time in their relationship. proved this relationship unhealthy as a whole. Jenny’s wild and selfish personality gave her disposition to a more ludic/pragma style love as she sought adventure and ran with specific cliques. Jenny passes away due to her illness. coupled with Jenny’s inability to commit and stay in one place. and they are now intimate partners once again. strength and persistence eventually led to a permanent union of their relationship. At this point in their relationship. love. . Alabama. The blend of these two styles of love. Forrest displayed an agapic love for Jenny that was undying and constant. In the park that day. Shortly afterwards. “Would you marry me Forrest?” Forrest happily agrees. Jenny recognized this love early on. and Forrest reacts in shock and disbelief but happily accepts the new information thereafter.
but through Forrest’s hard work in boot camp he received a meritorious promotion upon completion. at the battle of Belleau Wood. “What’s going on” you can clearly read on his helmet that it says “Devil Dog’s” on the front. saving Bubba in the face of epic danger and when Forrest learns for the first time of his son. They went to boot camp at the same time. Dan for the first time. you can see written in the background on the stall.Personal thoughts from the writer I chose this movie because I truly love it. no questions asked. Dan had the platoon. When Lt. he is a Private First Class and Bubba is just a Private. “Get Down and Shut up!”. One thing I did not understand is why Forrest was not an officer? If you have a college degree. It is a term that was coined from the German nickname. Forrest made mention of all the soldiers he was in battle with. The Marines fought with such ferocity that they were likened to "Dogs from Hell. Also. Even after watching it for the 7 th time I still got goosebumps when Forrest got a scholarship for his running. At the bathroom while talking to Lt. Kudos to the Director for this little nuance. then you enter the military as an officer." . When Tex was asked. if you notice Forrest’s rank insignia when he is with Bubba and meets LT.” Being a Marine myself and understanding the rivalry this made me laugh. Teufel Heunden. This is a term ONLY used to refer to Marines and NEVER the Army. Dan. “Marines suck.
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