The American film Forrest Gump in which the focus is on the famous actor Tom Hanks has enjoyed a real success and has won many awards. Interesting is the fact that the movie made $677 million worldwide and cost $55 million to realize it. (1.
Shmoop Editorial Team)The film tells us the story from the main character’s point of view. Forrest has an I.Q.
below average but is innocent and has good intentions. Even if he was raised only by his mother and had serious health problems as having to wear braces on his legs, we can say that he succeeded in life. This statement can be supported by remembering some of his achievements like: meeting the president, being part of the army in Vietnam, creating relationships with different people like Dan and Bubba, winning medals, creating a shrimp fishing fleet, making people to jog, creating the smiley symbol, donating to people and so on. (2. Plot) The film is a Romantic Comedy presenting the countless attempts of Forest to be with his love and friend of childhood Jenny.
The fact that throughout the entire film Forrest doesn’t stop thinking about Jenny demonstrates that this is a film about love.Also, before she dies the last person with whom Jenny spends her time is Forrest. (3. Shmoop Editorial Team) Humor comes from the fact that things tend to work out well for Forrest in spite of his low I.Q. For example, a comic scene is the one in which Forrest invented jogging without realizing it. He even says that: “I just felt like running.” (4.
Title: Forrest Gump: Genre) Now, using double reading we can deconstruct what I said above just asking ourselves some questions. I have made it clear that this film is about love. We have the classic situation in which two friends from childhood fall in love and finally remain or not together but always have something that binds them, in this case, a child. It’s clear that Forrest always thought about Jenny and waited for her, but what did she do in this time? Jenny spent all her youth trying to escape from him. The fact that she spends her youth surrounded by other men and only when she is sick she tries to establish contact with Forrest makes us think that she doesn’t love him.
So, how can this movie be about love when Jenny does not show it? It is not normal to wonder if Jenny is not just using Forrest? (5. Shmoop Editorial Team) Furthermore, using binary opposites we can say that the opposite of the comedy is tragedy or seriousness. If we come back at the scene when he invented the jog we see it as a comic scene but if we look at it in depth, the humor disappears. What pushes him to run “to the end of the road, then across town, then across the county, then all the way to the Mississippi border” crossing “the country several times over a span of three years” is the loneliness. (6.
Article Title: Forrest Gump (character)) This makes us wonder if the situation is a comical one or if what is happening inside him is not tragic. In order to analyze this film from a feminist perspective, we have to look closely at the two females pictured in it: Forrest’s mother known as Ms. Gump who highly influences her son’s life and his love Jenny Curran.
(7. UKEssays) Now, if we think that this political movement named Feminism fights for “the social equality between sexes” (8. Article Title: Feminism) we can assume that the protagonist’s mother matches. Although she is a single mother she is very responsible and bold. Along the way she proves that it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman to do anything you want. For example, Ms. Gump manages her inherited property and earns her living by renting the uninhabited rooms. This proves in business doesn’t matter the sex.
Analyzing her actions, we realize that it is not the maternal instinct that makes the child grow nicely but is the way you give him confidence and you support him no matter what. She believed that her boy “Forrest is going to get the same opportunities as everyone else”. She represented a model for him and taught him that life “is full of ups and downs”. (7. UKEssays) On the other hand, Jenny isn’t pictured as a representative of equality, but rather as a bewildered one. This is because being female doesn’t mean you support feminism. (9.
Text analysis ) She is not built as a role model forgetting in the film about her own dignity. Jenny gets to be naked model singing at a strip club, she takes drugs and a few times she wants to suicide. (7. UKEssays) In my opinion, both Jenny and Ms.
Gump play an important role not only in Forrest Gump’s life but also in showing that every human is different even if they come from the same place and were raised in similar conditions. Returning to gender equality does not matter if you are a man on a woman, the important thing is how you choose to see the world: like Forrest Gump, like Jenny or in your own way. (10.
photograph) In conclusion, the film Forrest Gump has concepts that can easily be deconstructed if we use double reading and it also can be seen as a movie that raises you some questions in the field of feminism in terms of gender equality.