Fate Portrayed In Forrest Gump Essay

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A general theme in Forrest Gump is fate. We see it everywhere; in Jenny, in Lieutenant Dan, in the feather, the box of chocolates, even Forrest himself. The film tells the story of Forrest’s life. The good and the bad, the people he meets, the things he accomplishes, and the hardships he faces are all part of a plan. Fate can be pretty funny. Forrest started out with bad legs, no friends, and no education but throughout the movie he makes many friends, saves lives, becomes very wealthy, and marries the girl of his dreams.
Forrest doesn’t know or care about what’s going on half the time and he just blissfully floats around like a feather in the breeze. He does what he’s told without asking questions. It is clear that fate is in control when one simply goes with the flow, blindly fallowing the path all their life and usually unintentionally or unknowingly helps countless people and also ends up with everything he could ever want. It all started when Jenny told him to run away from those bullies and he ran right through a football game and so started his playing football in high school, which is how the Army discovered him. He met Bubba in the Army and promised him that they would start a shrimping business together. Forrest saved Lieutenant Dan’s life and they ended up being very successful business partners. They gave a lot of the money they made to Bubba’s family so they wouldn’t have to work to barely scrape by all their lives. Forrest also gave Elvis ideas for dance moves and sparked inspiration for the famous “shit happens” bumper stickers and smiley face t-shirts. Although Jenny comes and goes throughout the movie, in the end they get married and have a son together.
Jenny is a good example of fate because she likes to go wherever the wind takes her as well. The feather represents Jenny in a way because it lands on Forrest’s shoe while he is waiting for the bus to take him to her. The feather floats away at the end of the movie after Jenny dies as if to symbolize how she comes and goes from Forrest’s life. Isabel Tandoyog posted a list of symbols she noticed in the film on wikinut.com on February 24th 2011. She said this about the feather: “The feather symbolizes how you go through life. The feather can symbolize also destiny because there is no accident kind of life, you are destined to be there at the right time, right place and right moment. As the feather floats on the wind it also symbolizes tranquility and peacefulness. As Forrest Gump said; ‘I don’t know if we each have a destiny or if we’re all just floating’ around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both.’” Jenny wishes to be a bird so she can fly far away from her problems and what do birds have? Feathers. Jenny is like a bird in a lot of ways. She’s a free spirit; she hitchhikes from town to town and experiments with drugs. She refuses to be put in a cage, she...

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