Reflection Paper

Topics: Good Will Hunting, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Pages: 3 (1203 words) Published: January 16, 2013
Reflection Paper: Good Will Hunting
Esly Salazar
Rio Salado College

Good Will Hunting is a movie about a young man named Will Hunting (Matt Damon) who grew in South Boston, and is a mathematics genius, but prefers to work as a janitor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). One day he finds himself in trouble after assaulting his childhood bully and is face with incarceration. Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skargard) a MIT professor writes a difficult math problem for his graduate students to solve, Will solves the problem anonymously and the professor finds out. The professor convinces the judge to let Will be under his care instead of facing incarceration and agrees to get him Psychological help. In an attempt to find out what troubles Will, professor Lambeau at MIT finds his old college roommate, who now is psychologist and works at a Community College and he agrees to work with Will and to get him ready for a better job.

Will Hunting is a troubled young man, who as a child suffered from physical abuse by his foster parent and as a result, faces fear of abandonment, and violence. Will’s violent behavior is also a reflection on his Learning perspective as a young child. Having had a violent foster parent as a role model makes it difficult for him to be free of violence and aggressiveness towards others. On the other hand having great, Cognitive skills are how Will is able to manage to get by in life. As well as solving complicated mathematical problems, and his ability to read and retain all the information he reads. In the bar scene, Will goes out with his friends( who are his social influences) and his friend Chuckie Sullivan (Ben Affleck) tries to impress a girl, but instead a guy interrupts him and makes him look bad in front of her. Will, then takes the initiative to defend Chuckie and in return makes the other person look bad. Later the girl introduces herself as Skylar (Minnie Driver) is a British student about...
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