Actually I have seen the movie Forrest Gump for several times, each time when Forrest and Jenny embracing in the shadow of Washington Memorial and when Forrest stand in front of Jenny’s tomb, I was in tears. It’s hard to say what moves me, but the certainty is that it’s a movie cannot be surpassed.
Forrest Gump shows us many things, and I think there are three major points the movie discusses: what is love, whether our destiny can be changed, and post-war American society.
Post-war American society is the background of the whole story. If we want to understand the movie entirely, we have to take a look at the American history because almost all the important post-war affairs appear in it. There is an Elvis Presley in the beginning. This was a symbolic feature in the 1950s, at which time young people began to love rock music. When Forrest is in his college, it goes on to the SWINGING SIXTIES. In 1963, President Kennedy was shot dead, and I noticed the photo in Kennedy’s bathroom, it is Marilyn Monroe, who was known as the lover of Kennedy. The Hippies wore strange type of clothes and began pleasuring themselves with drugs like LSD and sex because pill was used, so that’s what we see from Jenny. Another important feature is the “War in Viet-F**king-nam”, in which many young Americans were injured or died. This caused a hard time to the country. People actively joined antiwar demonstration to protest against the federal government, so we hear people’s cheering in the movie. As 1970s came, the relationship between China and America was getting better with means of sending Ping-pong team. Leader of the Beatles, John Lennon was shot dead. Gump was so lucky that he visited China with the team, met Lennon in a TV show, saw president of the United States again, and discovered the truth of the Watergate Scandal unmindfully. As for the 1980s, many people think it as a time when people became too concerned with making money, and did not care about other people,