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Summary of Forrest Gump

  • Submitted by: chris1357
  • on October 4, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 932 words

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Sits at a bus stop in Savannah, Georgia, telling his life story to strangers nearby. His tale starts with the childhood braces he wore on his legs. At Forrest's home, he meets a young Elvis Presley, teaching him a hip-swiveling dance. On his first day of school, Forrest meets a girl named Jenny with whom he immediately falls in love and whose life is followed parallel to his throughout the movie. Despite his below average intelligence quotient (IQ), his ability to run very fast gets him on the University of Alabama football team. He ultimately becomes an All-American and meets President John F. Kennedy. While attending college he witnesses George Wallace's attempt to prevent integration at the school.
After graduation, Forrest enlists in the Army. He makes friends with Bubba who convinces him to be his partner in the shrimping business when the Vietnam War is over. He also meets Jenny again, who is now part of the counterculture movement and working as a stripper. In 1967, he and Bubba are sent to Vietnam, and after several months of patrolling with the 9th Infantry Division, their platoon is ambushed. Forrest is shot in the buttocks but rescues many of the men in his unit, although Bubba is fatally wounded and dies. Lieutenant Dan Taylor the platoon's commanding officer, is also seriously wounded and loses both legs. He is furious with Forrest for saving him, claiming that he would rather have died in battle than be left a cripple. For his actions, Forrest is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon B. Johnson. While in Washington, he becomes swept up in an anti-war rally where he makes a speech at the National Mall and again meets Jenny. They spend the evening walking around Washington, but when morning comes she leaves with her abusive boyfriend Wesley.
While in the hospital, Forrest discovers an aptitude for ping pong. He begins playing for the U.S. Army team, eventually competing against Chinese teams on a goodwill tour. He goes to the White House for...

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