Erikson and the Wild Strawberries
In the Life Cycle Completed by Erik H. Erikson, Erikson talks about the stages in life those stages range from infancy to elderly age. The stages are basic trust vs. basic mistrust, autonomy vs. shame and doubt, initiative vs. guilt, industry vs. inferiority, identity vs. identity confusion, intimacy vs. isolation, generatively vs. stagnation, and finally integrity vs. despair. In Wild Strawberries the character Isak Borg goes through all the stages that Erikson talk about in his book Life Cycle Completed and you get a visual understanding of what Erikson means about the stages.
The first stage Borg goes through is integrity vs. despair, which is when he has a bad nightmare. In the nightmare, Borg is walking around town and no one is around, then all of a sudden, he hears a clock chiming, he looks at the clock and it does not have any hands. Borg then looks at his watch and he sees it does not have any hands either. All of a sudden Borg turns around there is a person standing there, so Borg walk over to him and turns him around, Borg learns that the man passes away then the blood starts running down the road. Borg then sees a horse and buggy carrying a casket, when the horse stops Borg walks over to casket, when he does; he notices he knows that person. It was Borg in the casket; the he realizes he is afraid of dying alone.
In the second scene, which is the departure scene, Borg wakes up and tells his housekeeper he wants to drive to the ceremony instead of flying. Borg and his housekeeper end up fighting because his housekeeper does not want to ride with him that far, so she is not going to go. Marianna, Borg’s daughter in law asks if he would mind if she went with him. Borg and Marianna leave heading to the ceremony, where he is recognized for being a doctor for fifty years. They talk about why Marianna does not like his, and she tells him it is because he is cold and ruthless. In this scene you see the stage identity and identity confusion, because Borg does not see himself as the way Marianna explains the way his is.
The third scene is in the strawberry patch, where Borg stops at the summerhouse his family would go to in the summer. While Marianna off swimming Borg starts thinking about all the memories of the summers visiting at the house. In one of the memories, he remembers is his girlfriend Sara picking strawberries for their uncle. Borg’s brother Segfred comes up to Sara and starts flirting with her, in which she does not like. Segfred then kisses Sara and she gets very upset and runs in the house to get ready for the party. The stage you see in this scene is intimacy vs. isolation, which is because Borg loves Sara but his brother takes her away from him.
In the fourth scene is with the children in the strawberry patch. When Borg goes outside, he noticed a young woman who starts talking to him. The girls name is Sara she is with two people named Anders and Viktor. She asked Borg if they could have a ride to Lund, once Marinna comes back from swimming they all leave. Sara and Anders are a couple and Viktors is their chaperone because Sara’s father did not trust the couple to be alone. Borg and Sara get along really well, and he starts telling her about the Sara he used to love and how she married his brother. In this scene you see the stage intimacy vs. isolation, because Borg likes the child Sara and he wants be to a good role model.
In the fifth scene is the wreck. Borg was driving then all of a sudden; a car came around the curve and almost hit them. Borg runs off the road to avoid hitting the other car, when he does that his car flipped over. A couple gets out and they tell Borg it was their fault, they help Borg get his car back up on the road. Borg’s car would not run so he asked the couple of they all could get a ride with them, they say yes. Marianna is now driving. The couple starts fighting and the woman hits her husband, Marianna tells the couple to get out...
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