Listening Exercise

Last weeks listening exercise was a clip from the movie Forrest Gump. For that listening exercise I wanted you to give your thoughts on the characters and the situation.

The main character is Forrest Gump. Is he a normal person? Is there something different about him compared to an average person?

In the movie clip he signs up to join the military. He goes to a place called boot camp. Boot camp is the first training for all soldiers who enter the military. It is often compared to Hell. That is because it is extremely difficult and the drill instructors are extremely hard and mean to the soldiers in order to train them to be stronger.

However it seems like Forrest Gump does not have a hard time at boot camp. Other soldiers feel like boot camp is like “going through hell and back”.

There are many movies that show how difficult boot camp is. It is actually a popular theme in many movies. Below please watch this clip from the movie “Full Metal Jacket”. This movie is based on the same Vietnam War that Forrest Gump went to. So both movies are during the same time in American history.

This movie clip has some dirty language and is extremely difficult to catch what the drill sergeant is saying. The important thing is to compare the drill instructor in this movie clip and the drill instructor in Forrest Gump.

What is different?

How does each of the drill sergeants feel about the new soldiers they are training?

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