Running head: SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME: DENVER
Same kind of different as me: Denver
The assigned book Same Kind of Different as Me by authors Ron Hall and Denver Moore was a delightfully captivating and inspiring book. It will bring the most hardened individual to tears. The purpose of this assignment was to apply a theory that explains the behavior and impact that diversity had on the major character. This will be achieved by analyzing the chosen character within the person-in-environment/ecological framework.
According to Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory, there are eight psychological stages of human development. “They are patterned sequences of stages encompassing appropriate physical, emotional, and cognitive tasks that the individual must master in the struggle to adjust to the demands of the social environment” (Okun, 1984, p.16). “A fundamental issue underlying this sequence of changes is how individuals define their sense of identity” (Ashford & LeCroy, 2010, p.90). Denver Hall, the main character, grew up a slave in Red River Parish, Louisiana. His fraternal grandparents initially raised him because his mother was unable to properly take care of him and his brother. There he was loved, disciplined, and introduced to religion. For years this was the most stable family structure he had known. After the heart wrenching death of his grandmother, Denver was tossed around from place to place. Each move was coupled with life lessons, loss or some type of disappointment. He lived with his father, until his untimely death. From school age to adolescence, he lived with his aunt and uncle. Denver didn’t really have any friends at other than his brother. Soon he made friends with Bobby, the plantation owner’s son. They became really close. They played games, built things, and went on adventures together. Bobby even worked in the fields with Denver to help him earn money for a bike. This new friendship corresponds with Erikson’s theory from...
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