Forrest Gump Topics for Discussion

Winston Groom
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Forrest Gump says that the harmonica changes his whole life. Discuss at least three ways in which this is true. What does the harmonica reveal about Forrest's mind?

Forrest Gump says that Lt. Dan's philosophy of "seize the day" changes his outlook on life. Discuss at least two ways in which Forrest seizes the day against odds, and contrast this with Lt. Dan's own abandonment of his philosophy.

How does Forrest Gump interact with U.S. presidents Johnson and Nixon? What political motivation—if any—guides the way in which the author describes the meetings?

Which event more radically alters Forrest Gump's destiny: meeting and losing Bubba or meeting and losing Jenny Curran? Discuss the two relationships.

Is the aborted Mars flight and extended stay in New Guinea an isolated vignette or does it serve to move the entire novel forward?

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