Care Perspective of Annie Pope

Topics: Erikson's stages of psychosocial development, Kohlberg's stages of moral development, Developmental psychology Pages: 4 (1477 words) Published: March 30, 2014

Jay Patel
Care Perspective of Annie Pope
RPW 110: Rhetoric and Writing and Psychology 101
Professor Patricia Morelli and Professor Daniel McGrath
13 December 2013

Throughout Running on Empty, Annie Pope was represented as the maternal caring figure. As the film progresses, she struggled to make decisions, such as giving her son Danny away to her father. As the story unravels, Annie slowly starts to doubt the decisions she makes and tries to figure out what is not best for her, but her family. She realizes that she can’t help Danny as long she drags her family along while running away from the FBI. She talks to her husband, knowing that it is up to him to decide whether Danny gets to pursue his dream or stick with the family for the rest of his life. Annie approaches her dilemmas with the care perspective. During the course of the story, Annie goes through the identity formation theory, moral development, and psychosocial stages of development.

Annie represents care perspective in this film. Care perspective is the “response to others in their terms a concern for the good of others or for the alleviations of their burdens, hurt, or suffering” (Lyons, 1983, p. 33). As we see the story unfold, she begins show how she is willing to sacrifice the wholeness of the “unit” so Danny could prosper and wouldn’t have to run. In the meeting with her father, she mentioned she will go as far as turning herself in, once it is time for Harry to become independent. She grasped the idea that she was being selfish throughout the past 15 years by denying their children the life they had when they were younger. The moral problem in the care perspective is failure to attend to need (Gilligan & Attanucci, p. 80). Annie’s decision to send Danny to her parents and letting him go to college was her way to attending to his needs. She knew he needed Julliard for him to thrive in his musical future.

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