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Forrest Gump- Hero's Archetype
Transcript of Forrest Gump- Hero's Archetype
Introduction to the Movie
Forrest Gump is a young man that suffers from mental disabilities. The duration of the film is based off of stories that he recaptures with strangers while waiting for a public bus to meet his long lost love, Jenny. During this time, he tells his adventures of participating in the war in Vietnam, as well as falling head over heels for Jenny.
Initiation: A Call to Adventure
When the bullies at school decide to chase Forrest, he is called to his adventure by Jenny when she tells him to runaway from the boys, and he breaks free from his restrictive braces.
Departure: Crossing the First Threshold
In college, Forrest uses his talent of running fast to improve his football team's record. As a result, people begin to accept his mental disability.
Departure: the Belly of the Whale
Growing up in a comfortable town, Forrest finds himself separated from his "known" world after college. He ventures into the army and experiences a life style which he has never encountered.
Initiation: The Road of Trials
Initiation: The Meeting of the Goddess
Initiation: Atonement with the Father
Even after Lieutenant Dan criticized Forrest for receiving a medal of honor, Dan still sticks up for Forrest when others call him stupid and look down upon him.
Forrest meets a pretty girl who does not isolate him because of his disability on a bus riding to school. They soon become best friends and eventually lovers.
Return: The Refusal of the Return
After being discharged from the army, Forrest is now allowed to return to his life in his small town. However, he chooses to continue his journey and buys a shrimp boat in order to fulfill Bubba's goal.
Return: The Magic Flight
After Jenny leaves Forrest, he spontaneously decides to embark on a long run to no specific place. He continues to run for over three years in order to figure out his goal in life and make a plan for his future.
Return: The Rescue from Without
Throughout his long run for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours, Forrest is able to think about Bubba, his mother, Lieutenant Dan, and especially Jenny. He realizes through the years of running that he cannot let Jenny go and decides to return home in order to win back his lover.
Return: Crossing of the Return Threshold
The crossing of the return threshold continues throughout the duration of the entire movie. It is displayed by Forrest sharing his stories to strangers while sitting on a bus station bench, waiting to go meet Jenny.
Return: The Master of Two Worlds
Return: The Return with the Elixir
After many years of being alone, Forrest finally achieves his dream and marries Jenny. He also meets his smart son and the family lives peacefully.
Throughout the story, Forrest sees Jenny as his ultimate prize in life. When Jenny passes away, the characteristics and hope Forrest was given by Jenny is then passed over to his son, Forrest Jr. He reflects the spirit of Jenny and is viewed as Forrest's life destination.
• Forrest’s platoon is attacked by the enemy in Vietnam; Forrest loses his friend, Bubba.
• Forrest then loses his mother to cancer.
• From an incurable AIDS diagnosis, Jenny dies shortly after their marriage.
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Meet Forrest Gump- The Hero
Quotes and Symbolism
“My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." -Forrest Gump
“Stupid is as stupid does." -Forrest Gump
“Run, Forrest, run!" -Jenny
“Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far far away from here." -Jenny
Leg Braces: restriction
Hero's Archetype project