Analysis Of The Character Jenny Curran From The Movie Forrest Gump

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The character Jenny Curran from the movie Forrest Gump, had a tough life from the very beginning of the movie throughout to the end. During the movie, most parts were assumed and not actually said. For example, as a child she was physically abused as well as sexually abuse, however, it isn’t said, a scene of her with dirty ripped clothes and older Forrest narrating says “her father was always touching and kissing her and her sister” that implies that her father was sexually abusing her. Jenny’s father was not only abusive but an alcoholic and neglected the care of Jenny. Throughout the rest of the movie, Forrest is always there to support and love her, and the detrimental decisions she makes and the different paths she endeavors, inevitably catch up with her in the end. In this essay, one of the main points we see by Jenny’s character are all of the metaphors between what she says and the advice she gives to Forrest, for example, to run from danger and her own constant behavior to fun away from whatever she is afraid of. Jenny Curran will be the focus observation and personality study. Although the main character in this film is Forrest Gump, we are able to see the trials Jenny’s incurs and how it develops her personality. The main idea of this essay is to look at Jenny’s life and find the foundation for what her personality was build on and all of the influences of change throughout her life. Her various personality and life changes will be examined as well as the environmental and social influences.

Theory Description and Rationale: Psychodynamic Theory
The first theory Psychodynamic theory presented by Sigmund Freud, is based on how a person’s self-awareness and understanding of the past on present behavior. Psychodynamic theories of personality emphasize the influence of the unconscious mind and childhood experiences on personality (Schultz & Schultz, 2013). The id is responsible for all needs and urges, while the superego for ideals and moral. The ego moderates between the demands of the id, the superego, and reality. Erikson believed that personality progressed through a series of stages, with certain conflicts arising at each stage. Success in any stage depended upon successfully overcoming these conflicts (Nye, 2006). In the early years of Jenny’s youth she is again abused physically and sexually, she is placed in a home with her grandmother. Even though Forrest is good to her, she seems to choose other men who abuse her throughout the movie. She jumps from man to man, each still abusing her and then resorting to alcohol and heavy drugs, cocaine and heroine. Jenny’s difficulties stem from when she was abuse, Freudian theory would speculate that Jenny would have low ego control, she is self-indulgent and wanting to do whatever she wants and be ‘free’ Jenny would also present a primitive denial defense mechanism, she is pushing her past aside and using sex and drugs to fill the apparent void in her life, she also presents a...

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