Forrest represents the purely innocent, earnest nature amongst us all, because, while he may be perceived as dumb, I see him as being merely incapable of grasping the materialistic and selfish attributes of the common man, among other negative qualities. He has been brutally deceived by a girl countless times but his love remained unyielding. He was a war hero in Vietnam, but the only thing that mattered to him was his best friend. Throughout his amazing achievements you only hear him talking about his mother, his friends, his girl. He's a perfect example of how fame and fortune really is meaningless compared to what truly matters to the heart.
Forest is America, throughout the film as forest goes through the experiences of this century it uses Forest's character to portray american history and what events shaped the country to the modern era. It symbolises america's growth. From being a southern young farmer with crippled legs to breaking free of the braces on its legs like breaking off from the colonies and moving from a simple agricultural country to be allowed to run freely in the global market. Then it shows aspects of culture rock n roll with the elvis scene. American football with forest in college the events that changed the country the vietnam war and the cold war shown through ping pong. Also the birth of franchising and the power of business with the shrimping company he started with one boat and now he has many all named jenny all the same. every scene is well crafted to show america's growth through culture advancement of technology and ideology for example the part of the film where he just kept running that was symbolism of america moving forward through the 80's and just kept going without stopping to look back. the film is powerful in all aspects and its all shown through the eyes of the most simplest of men and explained to us in the simplest of terms like we are all children learning history, culture and experiences of life. Thats why it was a great film. Its all revealed at the very first scene where he says life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your gunna get. Each chocolate is an individual in a box but together as a collective they create a product that is highly consumed, delicious and enjoyable. America is the box of chocolates, Forest is only one chocolate within the box.
Nobody else sees the blatant and obvious appropriation of African American history, struggles, achievements by this simple minded, good hearted, lovable oaf of a white yocal.... The copy of curious George, the reference to Nathaniel Bedford Forest, Elvis?? The whole movie is about white Americas blind love and solidarity with their former property coupled with overt fear, downplaying of achievements, and straight out racial hatred for the same.... Just my opinion. Atleast Momma Gump got her paycheck ;)
The movie is about the question of whether we are masters of our own fate or on a path to a predetermined destiny.
Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you get. The feather that starts and ends the movie represents Forrest Gump, the innocent, being carried by the winds to where ever destiny takes it. The Captain Jo represents the master of his fate. However, he finds it's not that easy to get exactly the fate you want (dying in war). Forrest Gump is the smartest person and the dumbest person in the movie. Unlike everybody trying to control the world around him he figures out what the deal is with fate/destiny. It's not one or the other, but a little bit of both. *flies away*
Great movie. Although I agree there is a lot about death in this movie, it is all about life. The movie is so entertaining in many ways, it is easy to miss that it is about destiny versus chance, or as Forrest says " maybe a little bit of both happening at the same time".
Forrest's life was full of lots of good fortune and Jenny's was the opposite. Lt. Dan seemed to have a destiny but showed we can change our destiny even through tragedy. Jenny turned it around in the end but late. The feather represented little Forrest's' life beginning like a feather in the wind with a course hopefully just like his dad.
I grew up in the American South and remember in the '60's a boy at my school who had those leg braces just like the ones in the movie. We were all amazed that one day he came to school without them and never wore them again (I guess as children we thought it was a lifelong condition, and not a corrected one). This is one of my favorite movies, and I think it is up to a myriad of interpretations. Bottom line, it is a beautifully filmed movie that shows America at interesting points in the 20th century. I thought it interesting that it referenced the assassinations and attempted assassinations of JFK, RFK, George Wallace, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and the senseless murder of John Lennon, reminding us all of what a violent history we have all survived.
Death permeates this film, but there is life as well, and hope.
I've just watched the film (again) and it seems to me like Forest is a representation of all the good and inspirational things about America (innocence, friendship, heroism, love) and Jenny represents all of the bad (child abuse, drugs, HIV). There's a whole bunch of other stuff I won't go into because it's been covered on here already. Easily one of the best films of all time- fantastic on as many levels as you care to go into.
I really support the interpretation about the fact that this movie is about life and the way that F.G. just lived it out without thinking about expectations or consequenses. The feather is a good example of this, its in the beginning and the end of the film and symbolizes his life: he is like a feather, light, carried through the air flown were the wind determines it to go.
I think this film really talks about the phrase, "just do it". That is all Forrset Gump did in his life. He did things without thinking. And even the people around him started to change for the better over time by just doing what they wanted to do in life. And we can truly learn that even though Forrset Gump's way of life gave him sad and good times, but it was the fact that he lived. And that is what we can learn from the movie.
That is a great movie which presents ua a great lesson; be a winner, no matter what comes against you. Overcome obstacles such as social prejudices, and do not nourish defeat or resentment. Go ahead and do not fear, and make your dreams come true by moving towards your goals. And do not give up hope because suddenly it is time for being happy. the movie is like a lesson for victories. Just make your story and tell it!
I agree it is about American history - but I also belive it is about how we can have low expectations for some people - for instance - there was a woman called Wilma Rudolph who had polio and was in leg braces as a child - she was told she could never be able to run - but her dream was to brake free of the braces and win the olympics - which she did and won an olympic medal - also every famous person that Forrest meets had been previously told they would never make it - Elvis Preistley was repeatedely told he couldn't sing, John Lennon was thought to be a troublemaker and had bad school reports, JF Kennedy had been in and out of hospital in earlier years, and others who he didn't meet in the film Walt disney was told he wasn't creative enough by an art teacher, Albert einstein was considered to have learning disabilities in childhood - I feel the film is about having faith in yourself and others, seeing people's potential - feathers have traditionally symbolised faith hope and charity. There is a feather at the end of the film. Life is like a box of chocoloates - but we can choose which one to take - Forrest Gump's girlfriend had a bad childhood and she made some negative choices and things kept getting worse for her - Forrest was disabled and had learning disabilities but his positivity led him to achieve things against all the odds
I think, you can mention focusing on the concentration as an aspect of this movie. You know, Forrest is dull but when he commence, he concentrates on it with all his senses. The other aspect may be that wisdom is proportional. We don't know the criteria of rightness. There is a saying that declares the logical people are always later than the moments of time. Maybe Forrest gets the huge triumphs because he doesn't mention to different effects ore side effects of an act.
This movie is about how even dumb people can make it in the world (something that chad dogg should be thankful for). In fact, Forrest was mildly retarded. As for jenny, she had a troubled life because she was sexually abused by her father. I'm sure chad dogg will come up with another reason to call her a crack whore, though.
It is in effect the story of the triumph of innocence and truthfulness over the jaded (chad dogg) masses.