Forrest Gump is one of the seven books that made film in our upcoming English 365 class at Anderson University. It seemed to be one of the most approachable of the books on the list, so I am starting there. Forrest Gump, like many other books that were made into film form, is nothing like the movie version.
As the first day of school approaches, I am both nervous and excited by all that the new year promises. Ready to see my old friends again, and knowing that it will probably be my last year working towards my undergraduate degree. I hope you will join along with me in this delightful little story. I think we all feel like a big "oaf sometimes" which is part of what makes Forrest such a relatable character.
- Forrest Starts off at college in August, in the Alabama heat
- Forrest wished he had memorized his football playbook (pp.21-22)
- Forrest doesn't really get along with his roommate Curtis, and they have a parting of the ways when Curtis loses his lug-nuts down the drain. (pp. 24-25)
- Forrest Gump is enrolled in light-Physics and English: both impresses and baffles both teachers (pp.26-27) F.G. = "I gotta pee."
- Forrest Gump plays in his first football game and does well. The next day, Jenny Curran calls out to Forrest and tells him how well he played (pp.28-29)
- Forrest's friend Bubba is a buddy in college *
- Bubba teaches Forrest to play the harmonica (p.30)
- Forrest went to the Student Lounge where Jenny Curran was singing, and he started to play his harmonica right along with them. (pp.31-32)
- Forrest was asked to join the band for $25 a week, and was real happy till he found out that Jenny was banging the banjo player. (p. 32)
- Forrest's English teacher started to not like his work (p. 32)
- Dr. Mills at the University Medical Center displayed Forrest as an "idiot savant" (pp. 32-33)
- Forrest makes a drink with a can of peaches, sugar, and water, and strains it with his socks. (EEEWW-- p. 34)
- Forrest caught Jenny and the banjo player having sex in the car (pp.34-35)
- Forrest's football team plays in the Orange Bowl. He fumbles the catch and loses the game for his team. (pp. 35-38)
- Forrest grades came in and he flunked out.
- Forrest was kicked out of college.
- The entire football team saw him off (pp.39-41)
- Forrest was put into the Army by draft (p.41)
- Forrest was put on KP and he made stew, Gump boiler-stew (pp.42-45)
- Bubba is kicked out of University too because they dropped his scholarship (p. 45)
- Forrest is shipped out to Vietnam (p. 46)
- Tells of war over there details like the trenches and the smell of the boys over there (pp. 47-50)
- Forrest and Bubba are reunited in Vietnam (pp. 50-51)
- Lots of battle scenes from Vietnam (pp. 52-55)
- Bubba transfers into Forrest's company (p.56)
- Forrest gets letters from momma and writes Jenny Curran (p. 56)
- Bubba and Forrest plan to have Bubba Gump Shrimp
- Forrest rescues a bunch of soldiers and dies in Vietnam (pp. 58-59)
- Forrest gets shot in the ass (p. 59)
- Forrest asks Sergeant Krantz to watch over Bubba's corpse (p.60)
Laurie Epps is a senior at Anderson University majoring in Creative Writing. Already Laurie is most published as a feature article writer, essayist, and poet. A seeker of beauty and world traveler, Laurie hopes to grow into a career in travel writing illuminating the many stories that make us human despite our differences. Currently, Laurie also has a Monday Morning Book Club column dedicated to writers everywhere, and a Thoughtful Thursday column dedicated to the fine art of poetry.