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Forest Gump

I. Synopsis of the Movie

Forrest Gump is a story about an incredibly kind and gentle person who is also what some people might call “mildly retarded”. It is true that he is not smart, but very fortunate. He is a kind-hearted, yet strong-willed mother, who teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny by himself. Forrest is born and raised in rural Alabama, in the southern United States; by his mother, who rents out rooms in the family houses to people traveling through the area.

Despite his lack of sophistication and the fact that he was raised far from any major cities, Forrest leads a truly wonderful life. Entirely without trying, he becomes personally involved in most of the critical events that took place in American history from the late 1950s to the early 1980s. This includes the Vietnam War, the Watergate Scandal, the Civil Rights Movement, Anti-Vietnam War protest movements, and the Computer Revolution, etc. In his life, he even meets three American presidents as well as Elvis Presley and John Lennon. In a way, this movie serves as a brief look at a period of American history through the eyes of a gentle soul who lacks cynicism(愤世嫉俗), only accepts things for what they are.

This movie also reflects the relationships that Forrest develops through his life—with his mother, who will do anything for him, with his two best friends from his days in the army, Bubba and Lieutenant Dan,

and above of all, with Jenny, his childhood sweetheart. Jenny experiences the changes in American culture from a totally different perspective than Forrest—she makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s on a far more troubled path than the one Forrest Gump takes. But in the end, she is faithful to her childhood friend, whose sincerity, kindness, and loyalty she can find in no other person.

The film records Forrest Gump’s accidental experiences with some of the most important men and events in America. However, the problem is that Forrest Gump is too simple to realize the significance of all his actions. He blindly runs into American history and gets out of it in his special way, providing audience not only fun and amazement but also a different angle from which to view the world.

II. Cultural notes

1. Ku Klux Kan

2. African, Black, nigger, Negro, colored, Afro-American, African-American

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3. Hippies

4. All-American Ping-pong Team

5. Congressional Medal of Honor

6. Time Square

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7. Elvis Presley

8. President John Kennedy

9. President Richard Nixon

10. President Gerald Ford

11. President Ronald Reagan.

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12. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

13. the Vietnam War

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14. John Lennon

15. the Beatles

III. Language Study

1.His back is as crooked as a politician.

2.Life was like a box of chocolate ,you never know what you're gonna get.

3.There is an awful lot you can tell about a person by their shoes. Where they're going. Where they've been.

4.You are no different than anybody else is.

5.Stupid is as stupid does.

6.We were like peas and carrots.

7.There must be something can be done.

8.Miracles happen every day.

9. Son-of-bitch.

10.Sure as hell was.

11.Ain't I going to be me?

12.Nobody gives a horse's shit who you are, puss ball.

13.Get your maggoty ass on the bus.

14.That is the outstanding answer I've ever heard.

15.Just like that ,she was gone.

16.I do not know much about it ,but I think some of America's best young men served in this war.

17.A little of stinging rain, and big old fat rain.

18.There ain’t something you can find jus t around the corner.

19.The secret to this game is ,no matter what happens ,never ,ever take your eye off the ball.

20.Nothing just happens, it's all part of a plan.

21.army’s value=loyalty, duty, respect, selfless, service honor , integrity, personal courage .

21.There is one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.

22.A promise is a promise.(made a promise and keep a promise).

23.I am a man of my word.

24.Where the hell is this God of yours?

25.There is only so much of fortune a man really needs and the rest is

just for showing off.

26. You got to go when you got to go.

27.Shit happens!

28.You have got to put the past behind you before you can move on.

29.It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was a million sparkles on the river..

30.If there is anything you need I will not be far away.

31.It's my time. It's just my time. Oh, now, don't you be afraid sweetheart. Death is just a part of life, something we're all destined to do. I didn't know it. But I was destined to be your momma. I did the best I could.