The main pentagonist, Gilbert, in Lasse Halstrom's film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape", is not the good person he wants to be. Do you agree?

Essay by MinaHigh School, 11th gradeA+, April 2002

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Gilbert (Johnny Depp) is a young man who lives in Endora, Iowa, population 1,091. "Describing it", says Gilbert, "is like dancing to no music, "Gilbert lives with his mother (Darlene Cates), whose five hundred pound frame is slowly destroying the fragile Grape homestead. Gilbert also lives with his brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is nearly eighteen but was never expected to survive childhood, his older sister Amy, who only smiles when something goes wrong, and Ellen, the youngest, who just wants to get a suntan

Gilbert works at the old Lamson Grocery - not the new Super Food Land which he despises; and he is having an affair with Mrs. Betty Carver (Mary Steenburgen), whose husband desperately wants to sell Gilbert some insurance. Gilbert's life is weird. And he doesn't seem to enjoy it. But one day a mysterious, beautiful girl from Michigan named Becky (Juilette Lewis) moves into town with her grandmother - and Gilbert's world begins to change...

It creates a real sense of life, which everybody knows is often plodding and mundane, even when it feels like the world is about to strangle you. Which is exactly how Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) feels. In his mid-twenties and saddled with responsibility for his family, Gilbert is trapped in the dying, small town world of Endora, a place he compares to dancing without music. He works at the local grocery store and frequently indulges in an affair with the local insurance salesman's wife (Mary Steenburgen), but he wants more. Of course, he could get in his old truck and leave at any time, but that would mean dropping the responsibilities left to him when his father committed suicide seventeen years earlier. He could get away, but that would be dishonourable.

Among his responsibilities, first and foremost is...