There are a lot of themes in the film Forrest Gump: the question of fate versus random chance, the counter-culture revolution contrasted to common sense conservative values, etc. However, the most appealing theme in Forrest Gump is the way it deals with love.
Jenny tells Forrest at one point: “You don’t know what love is.” The truth is that in this film, Forrest is love personified. The Bible describes true love, God’s idea of love, in many places, the most well known being 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Everyone is familiar with this passage: “Love is patient, love is kind…”
Forrest is simple and called stupid over and over again in the movie, but the viewer gets to see that Forrest, while not smart, knows the simple truths that he needs in life. He is simply lacking in the selfish, negative, and even evil side of human nature. He is not driven by pride or ambition. He does not try to take things or get anything for himself. It is a fun aspect of the movie to see the ways that he ironically “lucks” into so much history and riches.
He is an innocent in many ways but he does have some qualities that make him be seen as a good man. He is selfless. He cares for others. He values truth and honesty and he knows what love is. He does not question life, but he does think some pretty deep thoughts about the things that happen.
“I’m not a smart man… but I know what love is.”