Thursday, July 14, 2011
Forrest Gump had some challenges of the mental variety, true, but he is a symbolic representation of people who lived during that time period who in the swirl of movements, didn't thoughtfully pick up a torch. He is juxtaposed with people who do pick up a torch, take an active role in fighting for their goals or convictions, only to FAIL horribly. If we are to find FG the hero of the story, we would need to accept that he is a static character with no growth. He remains the same throughout all his years. I am not contesting that he isn't a good person. He obviously has good qualities, but like the feather, FG floats through life. He has no anchor. Jenny and Lt. Dan are the products of their choices by the end of the film, and FG is the product of his non-choices. Most of his decisions were made for him or were made by accident. Is this the example we are meant to follow. Is he the hero we ought to emulate?
My friend Gary, added his perspective. After reiterating the part of the movie where people started following FG on his continental run, one follower asked him why he ran, and FG responds with "I just run". or something to that effect. Gary uses that example to support the idea that the film is poking fun of people who follow leaders blindly, without substantial reason.
But mine is not the only opinion.
This isn't the same article that I had, but it's pretty close to what I was trying to articulate.
This is an article that I agree with partially.
Here's an argument that hasn't been fully developed and has some grammatical errors, but has clear voice and some valid points. (beware of the cursing.)
This probably the popular opinion on FG. (click me)
Here's another point of view on FG. Kinda sappy. But some good points.
I'm starting to realize that there are a ton of points of view on FG, as there should be. It solidifies my theory that there are more than "one right answer" to a question.
What do you think?
Is there only one right way to view FG?