Vietnam War Film.(2): Forrest Gump. Forgetting History by Re-writing it. Starting Questions. 1. What do you think about the following famous lines from the film? e.g. "Stupid is as stupid does"; "Mama always said life was like a box a chocolates, never know what you're gonna get."
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Forgetting History by Re-writing it
(1) The mother’s practical wisdom;
History = chance (floating on a breeze) and destiny
History = luck
1) The good thing about Vietnam is there was always someplace to go.”
2) Simplification of Anti-war movement, Jenny (“If you’re going to San Francisco” the flower generation) and the Black Panther.
2) Withholding interpretation:
-- Forrest’s speech
-- Linton Johnson
-- acceleration of involvement in Vietnam
“somebody said that world peace was in our hands. But all I did was play ping-pong.”
sees the men with flashlights in the darkened offices of Democratic Headquarters cannot sleep reveals the watergate event.
Forrest => passive, obedient, run away from trouble, incomprehensive
Why does Forrest turn to be a savior?
-- Lieutenant Dan
-- the followers
The film as