Questions Opening Scene 1. The relationship between Gilbert and Arnie is established immediately. Describe how the use of camera angles highlights their relationship. The relationship between Arnie and Gilbert is established by the low angle pointing out that Arnie is towering over Gilbert showing the weight of the burden he is.
Teachers can modify the movie worksheets to fit the needs of each class. What is eating Gilbert Grape? Answer for the time, up until his mother dies. There are many ways to express the answer each of which can be turned into a discussion of a theme from the film. Strong responses include the following.
Students will undoubtedly come up with more. Gilbert's mother has abdicated her role as caregiver and placed the responsibility for Arnie and many parental roles on Gilbert. The limitations of small town life.
The fact that to be self-fulfilled, Gilbert needs to leave home and start living his own life. The fact that Gilbert, in Arnie's words, is "shrinking". The fact that "we aren't going any where". Many people are using Gilbert for their own purposes: Carver uses him for sex and for relief from her monotonous lonely life; Mr.
Carver wants to sell him life-insurance; even Gilbert's boss asks for reassurance that customers will come back to the grocery store. There is a theme in this film that has very little to do with Gilbert, what is it? This theme relates to the changes to Gilbert's community.
The Food Land store is putting the small grocery in which Gilbert works out of business by offering products that the small grocery cannot offer, such as live lobsters in a tank or cakes made to order.
But something is lost in this new way of doing business such as deliveries and personal relationships. Also, fast food is coming to Endora under the name Burger Barn.
It will put a dent in the business of the diner where Gilbert goes to meet his friends. The coming of new businesses to the town point out the inevitability of change, that change may not be completely for the better, and that it is best to make adjustments.
Several motifs tie the story together and point in the direction of theme. Name one of these motifs and explain its value in the story. There are several important motifs in the film. Describe Gilbert's feelings toward Arnie.
Answers will differ but a good response will recognize that Gilbert had conflicting feelings.
He loved Arnie and knew that he had the responsibility, by default, to take care of his brother. However, there were times when Gilbert resented Arnie and didn't take care of the boy, such as when Gilbert left Arnie in the bath and when he hit Arnie.
Teachers should stress that these are natural feelings which many people feel when they are required to take care of loved ones who are ill or disabled. For 15 additional Discussion Questions concerning theme, symbol, expository phase and other elements of fiction see the Supplemental Materials for this Guide.
Most of the discussion questions in this Guide and in the Supplemental Materials can serve as writing prompts. Write an analytical essay in which you illustrate how Betty's death and the burning down of the house are not the solution to the problem; they are important events but not real solutions.
In your essay indicate how the events clarify the solution on a symbolic level. Write a character study of Becky describing at least three scenes in which she says or does something that shows her to be an exemplary character.
Remember that Becky is insightful in her relationship with Arnie, kind in her words about Betty and open-hearted in interaction with Bonnie.
Write six letters from Gilbert to his sisters or his friends in Endora that reveal where he and Arnie have gone, who they are with and what they have been doing. Keep the tone of the letters true to Gilbert's character and spread the dates of the letters over time. You are writing an epistolary, a story told in letters, to continue the events in the film and to create a new ending."What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is a heartfelt story about life in a small American town, with all its kindness, big hearts, and familial love, despite the hardships.
The film is worth a serious look, for its thematic depth, for its acting, and for its attention to detail in sets and production design. Whats Eating Gilbert Grape IMDb min Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.
Compare this to another scene in the film where food is used to give a particular impression or communicate an idea (e.g. family meal times at the Grape house) Food .
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
In general, the study of personality and respective traits has continued to undergo intense research within the field of psychology. The film, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? provides an effective platform for assessing personality based on the lead character, Gilbert Grape. Jan 28, · Title: What's Eating Gilbert Grape () / Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site?
Use the HTML below/10(K). It turns out that what’s eating Gilbert Grape (played by Johnny Depp) is his 17 year old younger brother Arnie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). Arnie has classic autism, which means that life is a constant stress on the whole family, not just for Arnie.
Arnie struggles to understand social conventions and social expectations, and therefore just.