The movie On Golden Pond represents three stages of development: adolescence, middle-adulthood, and late-adulthood. In the movie, Billy, Chelsea and Norman, three of the main characters symbolize the three stages of development by specific behaviors related to biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial developments. It was necessary for the three characters to break down during hard situations in their lives to start appreciating the different seasons of their lives, the transition from adolescence to adulthood to aging and the people around them. In this paper I will discuss how these characters develop as individuals through the lenses of biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial development, and I will also end my discussion by explaining how Erick Ericson’s psychosocial theory is the most suitable for individual’s development. After childhood, adolescence emerges by transforming a child into young adult. Most of the times, those changes are hard to handle, especially when a teenager is going through life challenges like Billy. He is the symbol of adolescence, as it is noticeable by his biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial developments. Biosocial entails the interaction between social and biological factors of an individual. Puberty is a sign of biosocial maturation that defines and differentiates adolescence from childhood. Adolescents develop a full sexual desire generally towards the opposite sex. Billy apparently developed this biosocial maturation. He has interest in girls and he is proud of it. He told Norman that he “sucked face” in his free time. Impulsiveness is a synonym of maturation due to hormonal changes that adolescents undergo. That is why adolescents many times act like children—they cannot help but follow their impulses without giving a thought on what the consequences might be. In the movie Billy showed impulsive tendencies. For example, when he was allowed to steer the boat he endangered himself and steers the boat in a high speed.
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