Lessons from Forrest Gump – Success and Happiness

For me, the main purpose of this film is to influence the attitudes and behavior of the viewers. The film shows the audience that people should not judge a book by its cover. For example, although Forrest Gump was perceived as a person with very low intellectual abilities, this did not prevent him from being a great friend to those who knew and understood him. A good example of this can be seen in his friendship with Bubba, a man he met while enlisting in the Vietnam War. While most people bullied Forrest Gump because of his low IQ, Bubba treated him with the respect and trust he deserved, regardless of Gump’s intellectual downfalls. This mutual trust and respect led Bubba to convince Forrest to go into the shrimp business with him after the war ended. Unfortunately, the war ended with Bubba being killed, but that didn’t stop Forrest Gump from fulfilling his promise to Bubba, starting Bubba Gump’s shrimp business. With this in mind, people should treat others ethically, morally and with the respect they deserve, regardless of their perceived failings. As was evident in this film, even people of the lowest caliber could end up achieving some of the most incredible feats that would astonish even the most hypocritical person. Therefore, people must learn not to judge others and appreciate diversity because everyone has a gift to offer the world. In their own special way, these individuals could end up positively influencing those around them, like Forrest Gump.

The superficial theme of this film is to show the audience the adventures of a charming simpleton with a lower than average IQ, named Forrest Gump, who defies all odds to achieve some of the most incredible feats during a time of crisis in American history. For example, although Forrest Gump had intellectual abilities that were mentally impaired, he managed to become a national champion in table tennis and soccer; served with honors in the Vietnam War; taught Elvis Presley how to dance; successfully invested in Apple Computers; he even got Jenny, the girl of his dreams and they had a child together. The deeper underlying theme or theme of the film was to show the audience that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and work hard to achieve those goals. The film emphasizes that anyone can achieve the American dream since we live in the land of opportunity. All that is needed is to have hope and believe in the endless possibilities of the human spirit. That, however dark things may seem, it is still possible to achieve these goals. In addition, the film also emphasizes the importance of relationships, valuing diversity and how supportive relationships can help make a positive impact not only on a person’s life, but also on society.

Considering how the movie ended, I feel the moral of the story is to cherish the moments you have with your loved ones because life is short. That success and happiness are acquired through the process of accepting and experiencing life’s challenges, and with a little luck you can become the person you are meant to be. Everyone knows that life is short. Sometimes people take others for granted, and if you don’t value the relationships you currently have with others, there may come a time in the near future when it may be too late to tell them how you really feel. Although Forrest Gump always emphasized his love for Jenny, Jenny did not reciprocate the same level of love for Forrest until it was too late. Because of this, Forrest and Jenny were unable to spend much time together as a married couple before she died. Additionally, I also believe that happiness is a state of mind. In order to be truly happy, people must accept who they are and work to improve themselves by facing the challenges that life throws at them. Although luck plays a secondary role in achieving success, people must position themselves through actions, be there at the moment when the opportunity presents itself. Through these qualities, people would be one step closer to the person they are destined to be, and thus achieve success and happiness in parallel.

So if you haven’t had a chance to see this movie, I would recommend watching it when you can. Even if you have seen the movie, I would still recommend watching it again because people can learn a lot about success and happiness from Forrest Gump. Let me know what you think of the movie after you watch it because I’m curious if you saw the same hidden messages that I did. Personally, I enjoyed the movie more the second time around!

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