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Whats Eating Gilbert Grape 1 In the opening scene we learn that Arnie has a personality problem and that Gilbert looks after him In this scene Gilbert appears like a parent figure 2 The music that is repeated throughout the film is a light and free peaceful type of song Depending on the scene that is occurring the song changes tempo ie If the scene is about landscape outside and sadness the tempo is slow if the scene is about excitement the tempo is faster hence the tempo changes to suit the mood 3 Theyre doing the right thing just passing through This quote sets up our view of Gilbert as a peacemaker This makes the viewer believe that Gilbert does not want any unnecessary trouble in the town and that he is quite happy that the caravans know not to stop in Endora This also shows Gilbert to be responsible 4 I believe that Arnies words Youre shrinking Gilbert youre shrinking were in direction to females Gilbert had never had a girlfriend as far as the audience and Arnie know so Gilbert would have been strong around women and not been susceptible to attraction when Arnie sees the attraction for Becky in Gilberts eyes his first response would have been hes getting weak hence shrinking 5 From Gilberts Narrative we learn that he finds Endora boring and that he is stuck there looking after his mother and Arnie This is evident when he says to Becky if youve been all around the world why are you stuck here Gilbert wants to leave Endora and begin a life outside Endora as Endora holds too many bad memories
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