Personality Theory Paper
A major reason why we enjoy watching films is for its ability to give us an insight into the character’s lives and personality. How different their personality traits can be their thoughts, feelings, emotions, and how they react to different situations. We get totally immersed in the character’s life and story for those few hours. We find a movie interesting not only because of a captivating story but also for the unique personality traits played by the actors. Films are enormously successful in portraying positive and negative traits individuals can have like neuroticism, personality disorder, schizophrenia, human motivation, self actualization, etc. Having said that, this week’s assignment is to choose a character from a film and analyze his or her personality using three theories. I have chosen the film “Pursuit of Happy-ness” and the chosen theorists for evaluating the character personality will be Adler, Allport, and Maslow. The purpose of this paper will be to draw connection between the character’s personality and the theory used to explain it by using relevant events depicted in the movie, examples of behavior, etc. The first section of the paper will provide a brief demographic background of the character of the film. The second section of the paper will focus on the evaluation of the character according to the three theories and discuss what social, cultural, environmental, biological or unconscious factors that may influence the character’s behavior. Summary of “Pursuit of Happy-ness”
Set in 1980s in San Francisco, Pursuit of Happy-ness is a film based on the true life events of an African American male, Christopher Gardner, a struggling salesman trying to make two ends meet. He has a five-year-old son and wife Linda, who works two jobs to help pay the bills. Despite of the hardships he is portrayed as a positive individual and believes that he is destined for a better career path. He notices a man drive up in a red sports...
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