Forrest Gump Literary Elements

Forrest Gump Literary Elements


Robert Zemeckis

Leading Actors/Actresses

Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise

Supporting Actors/Actresses

Mykelti Williamson and Sally Field






Nominated for 13 Academy Awards, winning 6: Best Original Score, Best Makeup, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Gary Sinise. It won the Academy Awards for: Best Picture, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Director for Zemeckis, Best Adapted Screenplay for Eric Roth, Best Film Editing, and Best Visual Effects

Date of Release

6 July 1994


Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch, and Steve Starkey

Setting and Context

The United States, from the 1950's to the early 1980's

Narrator and Point of View

Through the point of view of narrator Forrest Gump

Tone and Mood

Mysterious, solemn, sad, discovering, scientific, triumphant, heroic, and happy

Protagonist and Antagonist

Forrest vs. Himself

Major Conflict

Forrest is in conflict for much of the film, but two of the primary conflicts of he film are between Forrest and himself (specifically, his struggle to fit in and be normal) and the conflict between Jenny and Forrest).


When Jenny and Forrest reunite towards the end of the film


Forrest teaches Elvis Presley how to dance and later Elvis becomes famous in part because of that same dance.


The naivete of Forrest and the effect his personality has on his life are understated.

Innovations in Filming or Lighting or Camera Techniques

While incredibly well-shot and well-made, Forrest Gump was not innovative in filming or lighting or camera techniques.


Allusions to history, the Bible, mythology, politics, current events, films, science, and popular culture


Forrest is unsophisticated and dumb, yet he is responsible for some of the most popular and intriguing things.


No significant instances of parallelism.

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