Forest gump Essay

1423 Words Nov 2nd, 2013 6 Pages
Forrest Gump is a film that portrays the life of a man who has borderline intellectual functioning, from when he was young, all through his adulthood. Forrest was the victim of ongoing bullying and abuse from the mean-spirited children in his area. The movie shows the challenges he faced and how he overcame them, some with luck, but others with his ability; despite the fact that he has an IQ of 75.
The story plays off in a series of decades in the life of Forrest Gump, a slow-witted yet athletically prodigious man from Alabama that had an influence on the later half of the 20th century in the United States. Forrest as a child was bullied and had rough times growing up; his relationships were limited by his lower intelligence and
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The only thing that can be done for people with this disease is to send them to special schools, teaching them behavioral skills, like Forrest’s mother did and to always maintain working and living arrangements.
Studies regarding partial borderline intellectual functioning
I came across an article that lists Myths and facts about people with mental retardation and found it interesting as to how some of them relate to people’s ideas of this disability, furthermore how the movie represents it.
Myth 1: “Non-disabled people are obligated to “take care of” people with mental retardation”, this is not true. Shown in the movie, Forrest got assistance from people in his life, but Forrest preferred being responsible for himself, he shows this by living by himself and also being able to live away from home for a long period of time. The second myth which relates to the first one: The lives of people with mental retardation are totally different from people without mental retardation. Forrest had a very normal life, on the controversy he had an exceptional life, and he achieved things most people cant. The last one I would like to stress, Mentally Retarded people cannot have sexual relationships. Forrest had a woman in his life that he later married and had a child together. Forrest showed affection, he was caring and made a brilliant father.
The second article I found was about the needs of infants and toddlers with borderline intellection functioning.

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