Mercury House: San Francisco, 1994. Vogler, Christopher. The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers and Screenwriters. London: Boxtree, 1996.
On June 6, 1943, in Greenbow, Alabama, an unexpected hero was born with a crooked spine and strong legs. Forrest Gump is not an expected conventional hero, however his accolades and accomplishments suggest otherwise. A hero is someone who inspires and instills good morals upon others by their courageous and outstanding acts. Forrest demonstrates these characteristics multiple times during his heroic journey. Whether it be diplomatic pingpong, fighting in the Vietnam War, becoming a local football legend at the University of Alabama or donating money to a deceased friend’s family, Forrest influenced many people with his unselfish and charitable acts.
Jonathan Demme. By Ron Nyswanger. Perf. Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas, and Joanne Woodward. TriStar Pictures, 1993.
Robert Zemeckis. By Eric Roth. Perf. Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, and Mykelti Williamson. Paramount Pictures, 1994.
Robert Zemeckis. Perf. Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise. (Paramount Pictures, 1994.) Giunti, Matthew.
Another trait of a hero is to be frequently looked to for guidance. Most heroes are physically gifted and have certain traits such as courage. A quote that shows this is “He had been the best halfback on Darry's football team at high school and he and Darry used to buddy it around all the time.” (Hinton, p. 142). This shows he has the traits of a hero because a trait of a hero is being selfless. This quote shows he is selfless because he decides to fight one of his old best friends from his football team so that his brothers and the rest of the gang, which he considered family wouldn’t have to fight one of the other side first and could have to fight their strongest member.