"Is there a message here?
If he's good, is it because he doesn't have the brains to be
bad or bitter?"
5. What do you think the Director
of Forrest Gump, Robert Zemeckis, means by this characterization
of Forrest Gump:
"Because Forrest Gump is
a pure and simple individual without any opinions or politics,
he can travel through a tapestry of American images spanning
three decades, reflecting back the mayhem and the madness that's
going on around him.''
6. Do you agree with film
reviewer Hal Hinson that Forrest Gump is simply an idiot, who
"doesn't direct his life in the way that most characters
do and has no real motives or drives or psychology" and
"aside from his mother's folksy aphorisms, Gump believes
in nothing and stands for nothing"?
7. What do you think is the
role of Forrest Gump's mother's sayings, which some critics
call gumpisms, throughout the movie? Are we supposed to take
such sayings as "Stupid is as stupid does" and "Life
is a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to
8. Why does Forrest Gump throughout
the movie protect and defend Jenny from all the men who threaten
9. What does Forrest Gump's
mother mean when she says: "You make our own destiny. You
have to do the best with what God gave you"?
10. Why does Jenny seem to jump
from one failed experience to the next, wandering across America
trying to find herself and the meaning of her life?
11. Do you think that Forrest
Gump is sincere when he tells Jenny, "I am not a smart
man, but I know what love is"? What evidence do we have
that Gump really knows what love is?
12. Why does Forrest Gump spend
over three years running back and forth across the nation?
What does Forrest Gump mean when he says: "You've got to
put the past behind you before you can move on. That's what
my running was about"?
13. Is Forrest Gump proud of
his son? Does he think he can be a good father even though
he is "not smart"?
14. Do you think both Jenny
and Lieutenant Dan finally make peace with their lives? Why does Jenny go back to Forrest and marry him?
15. Why does Forrest Gump begin
and end with the same feather floating in the wind. How
does this feather help open and close the movie?
16. How does this statement
by Forrest Gump at Jenny's grave help us understand the larger
meaning of the film:
"Jenny, I don't know if
Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. 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.
Maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny.
If there's anything you need, I won't be far away."
17. What does this interaction
between Forrest and Jenny tell us about their characters and
Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest,
about who you're gonna be?
Forrest: Who I'm gonna be?
Forrest: Aren't I going to be
18. What allows Forrest Gump
to survive all the turmoil and agony of life between the 1950s
and the 1990s? Is Gump really just an idiot, a man without character
and understanding, who just floats through life like a feather "accidentally floating on a breeze"?
19. Does Jenny die of AIDS? Why does the movie
simply call it "a virus"?