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Bryce Philabaum ENG 106 Final Exam 12/4/2016 Forrest Gump is a name known around the world, even if you haven’t see the 1994 film. You can learn many things while watching this film but without a doubt, you will learn something about friendship. In the movie Forrest Gump (1994), Forrest is carried through his adventures by the lifelong relationships he develops despite his mental challenges including: his undying love for Jenny; his unbreakable bond with Bubba; and his endless loyalty to Lt. Dan. We learn at the beginning of the film, Forrest has a below average I.Q. of about 75, which would label him with borderline mental deficiency (Relationships are like a Box of Chocolates). Forrest is little slower to learn things than most people, but despite this setback, he attended public school. Forrest was not a very popular kid, and had difficulty making new friends. On the first day of school, as Forrest entered the bus, all of the kids, but one, would not let Forrest sit with them. Jenny. The only kid to offer Forrest a seat with them, became his first friend. They started spending a lot of time together, and we quickly learn was sexually abused by her father, and oftentimes turned to Forrest for comfort. The abuse continued until she was sent to live with her grandmother after the police arrested her father, but that did not end her friendship with Forrest. In fact, Forrest’s intense devotion to Jenny led people to believe he may be on the spectrum of having an Autistic disorder, “Forrest may have a form of autism that made this connection so strong” (Green, 2011). To be more specific, Forrest displays symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome.
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The world oftentimes is a confusing and unpredictable place, which is why a common symptom is resistance to change for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome (Gray, n.d.). Jenny came into Forrest’s life early, and Forrest, not wanting change, always wanted Jenny there. Another symptom was intense single-minded attitude towards things. Forrest displays this a few times including: ping pong, assembling a gun, and running across country, but his main focus was Jenny. No matter what Jenny would have done, Forrest would have been beside her, trying his best to give support. Forrest is constantly thinking about Jenny and inevitably she becomes the driving force behind his life. He was captivated by her, always looking for her, and became very angry at anyone who seemed to be hurting her. Forrest received fame and fortune during his life, but all he really wanted was love from Jenny. Jenny comes and goes in the film, but always stays in the mind of Forrest. Forrest tries desperately to get Jenny to stay with him but Jenny being trapped in the psychological torment of being abused; wanted to be free. This doesn’t mean that Jenny didn’t love Forrest like Forrest loved her, but that Jenny had gone through abuse, and consequently drugs in her life and didn’t know how to express her feelings. “Jenny had been through an abusive father, and boyfriends, as well as drug use and suicidal thoughts. Through all of this, she convinced herself she was
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