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Den amerikanska drömmen i amerikansk film - med analys av Zemeckis Forrest Gump
1998 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to analyse Robert Zemecki´s Forrest Gump from a perspective where the film can both be seen as a historical commercialised production for the American dream, and an opposite interpretation where the movie instead shows an ironic side of the myth of success. The questions that are going to be answered are: - How the American dream is illustrated in Hollywood productions, more specifically, Forrest Gump. - Are there other interpretations that maybe shows the American dream from a ironic angel? - What influence has the former movie star and president, Ronald Reagan had on the Hollywood productions during the 80:ths and the 90:ths? The essay also includes the history of the American dream, with its beginning in the Calvinistic predestination until its final myth of success that we have to day. Forrest Gump is then analysed from this information in two ways. First as PR for the American Dream and the great America where everybody succeeds, and second as the opposite where the film shows a pathetic way of looking at the myth. This is also the conclusion. Forrest Gump both shows a pride over America and the myth of success, just as well as it shows an ironic interpretation where the myth is nothing more than a pathetic myth.

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1998. , p. 34
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-49655Local ID: FIV C-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-49655DiVA, id: diva2:1099277
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Film Studies
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