An Analysis Of Forrest Gump, From A Social Work Perpective.

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Forrest GumpAssignment 2The movie Forrest Gump stars Tom Hanks as a considerate, yet somewhat simple man, who sits down on a bus stop bench and tells his fascinating life story to basically anyonewho will listen. This movie is much different then the typical box office hits, which is why I chose it to analyze, it addresses many different social issues from Forrest Gumps innocent yet, matter-of-fact point of view.In the movie Forrest deals with some private troubles that had impact on Forrest's life were his low IQ, and having a physical disability in childhood. Having a low IQ, Forresthad to deal with many different obstacles that a person of average intelligence would not experience, Forrest was faced with verbal abuse from many of the people that heinteracted with including his peers, authority figures, and strangers. One of the most common phrases in the movie "Are you crazy? Or just plain stupid?" demonstrates that society views him as stupid.When Forrest was a child, he was told that he needed to wear leg braces due to his backbeing extremely crooked, this so-called "disability" forced him to endure physical and emotional anguish at the expense of classmates and the community, in fact the phrase"Run Forrest run" stemmed from his "need" to wear braces. On Forrest's first day of school he was immediately identified as being different, and therefore he was shunned by all but one little girl named Jenny. Jenny and Forrest quickly became good friends, Jenny knew that Forrest was different and took it upon herself to protect him from bullies, Jenny yelling "Run Forrest run" was a key phrase in Forrest's life, allowing him to shed the disability label and gain empowerment at the same time. From that point on Jenny played a large important role in Forrest's life, with Forrest being somewhat of a support for system for her too. When Jenny was young her mother died, leaving her Father to raise her, she endured physical, emotional, and sexual abuse while in his care and often relied on Forrest to help her "escape" emotionally from her life. This was the pattern that the two followed throughout their lives, Jenny protecting Forrest from society, and Forrest protecting Jenny from the many hazards that she surrounded herself with, including abusive partners, promiscuity, and drugs. As a result of Forrest being different, he was faced with invisible walls, such as racism which was due to his intelligence and disableism which was related to his physical appearance. Facing these invisible walls, inevitably forced him into overlapping oppression, however it didn't last very long. Forrest's mother was always telling him "stupid is as stupid does" this helped Forrest avoid disempowering situations with people who would call him stupid and call down his intelligence, and Forrest's childhood friend Jenny, helped Forrest to shed his leg braces and run, leaving behind oppression and moving towards empowerment. I believe that the power in this movie is somewhat...

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