Forrest Gump Analysis

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The movie “Forrest Gump” is adapted from a novel of the same name, which was written by an American writer Winston Groom in 1986. The movie depicts a boy, Forrest, from a small town who is congenitally mentally handicapped, but despite his handicap, he never gives up and eventually creates miracles in different fields. Forrest encapsulates someone who lives the American Dream, and this leads to my question: How far does the movie Forrest Gump exemplify the idea of the American Dream? The American Dream may seem to be an idea that is allusive, abstract and intangible, but at the same time people from Presidents to paupers have seen the concept as graspable, concrete and tangible. The American Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." . Many would see this as the American Dream in a nutshell. The general principles contained in the Declaration Sentence is further described in the UNDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights), with its 39 statements and enshrines the ideals, which may fall short in the reality of the American Dream. Broadly speaking, the American Dream is a part of the national ethos of the United States that resembles a set of ideals that include Democracy, Rights, Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality. For individuals, it is a belief that working hard in the United States with fewer barriers (e.g. the
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