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response paper #4 (2) - This narrative follows Forrest from...

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The film adaptation of the novel written by Winston Groom is also subsequently named “Forrest Gump” after the main character. The film is a coming of age story from the point of view of a special needs boy in Alabama. Forrest narrates the film and tells his life story through a conversation that he is having with people waiting for the bus. The story Forrest’s first tells to a nurse starts with him at a early age, faced with several difficulties that would be hard on any child. The first of which is when he is made to wear braces on his legs that will help straighten out his spine which eventually overcome when Forrest breaks out of these shackles and provides the viewer with a sense of overcoming adversity. The next hardship comes when Forrest is almost not admitted to a normal school the and instead is almost sent off to school for special children because of a low IQ score. This is averted when Forrest’s mother sacrifices herself to the principle of the school so Forrest will be allowed to attend school with everyone else.
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Unformatted text preview: This narrative follows Forrest from the 1950s to the 1980s through his life where he is thrusted into situations that are particular to the period but his mind stays consistently on a school friend Jenny. This adaptation of the novel provides a different story than its counterpart by allowing Forrest to be more innocent and vulnerable it allows us to like the main character. In the novel, Forrest cussed and was in and out of jail on different occasions, while the film portrays a more innocent character that is stumbling through life seemingly and presented with several opportunities along the way. The approach the novel takes to develop the character is in stark contrast to the film in this way and many others. Another of which is the situations the characters find themselves caught up in. The novel is on the border of being ridiculous providing unlikely situations that Forrest finds himself....
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2011 for the course ECET 220 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at DeVry Austin.

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