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eating gilbert grape - response Topic 1 I want to be a good person says Gilbert Does the film suggest that he achieves this At various times during the film the dialogue and actions expressed by Gilbert and other characters convince the audience that he wants to be a good person The film puts together the whole image of Gilbert like a jigsaw piece by piece scene by scene During the film Becky has asked Gilbert what he wants The topic quotation was taken from this is the part of the film It is a general question she wants him to tell her what he wants in life He is deep in thought as the audience observes his closed eyes but takes his time in answering which irritates Becky Forced to speak the words that come out of his mouth are - a new house for his family for Mama Grape to take aerobics classes a new brain for Arnie his disabled brother and for Ellen to grow up Becky admires this but she prompts him What do you want for you This shows the true kindness of Gilbert he wants so much and cares so much for other people he forgets about himself Gilberts wants started from wanting for his family then his mother Arnie Ellen and we get the impression the list would have continued wanting for other people had Becky not interrupted Gilberts good nature is apparent from the very start when he and Arnie are waiting for the caravans to pass through Endora We can hear Gilbert describe the scene as a yearly ritual in a very tired voice Yet we know he is doing it for Arnie It pleases Arnie so much to see the caravans along the road and Gilbert feels satisfaction that his brother is happy To make someone else happy creates a warm feeling inside From Gilberts facial expressions and body language the audience
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