AP Psychology, Period 6
7 January 2015
Stand By Me
Stand By Me, is a film about four boys who are searching for the body of a dead boy their age, based on the book, The Body, by Stephen King. All the boys face different problems with their home lives. These problems and how they view themselves determine at which stages of development they are in according to the different theories proposed by Erik Erikson, James Marcia, Jean Piaget, and Lawrence Kohlberg.
According to Erikson’s theory of development, Gordy is at the competence vs. inferiority stage. Due to the recent death of his older brother Denny, Gordy is neglected by his parents making him feel inferior. He is in the moratorium stage in Marcia’s theory. Gordy is a good writer and going into junior high he should enroll in the college courses but is hesitant because his father doesn't believe being a writer is an acceptable profession. He is in the formal operational stage of Piaget’s theory. He questions why he is so obsessed and fascinated with finding the body In Kohlberg’s theory, Gordy has postconventional morality. After discovering the body and preventing Ace and his friends from taking it, Gordy decided to leave the body where it is and anonymously call the police instead. Chris is at the identity vs. isolation stage of Erikson’s theory. He comes from a bad family, his father is an abusive alcoholic and everyone believes he is a delinquent. In Marcia’s theory, Chris is at the foreclosure stage. Due to his family’s background and they way people
perceive him, he believes he won’t do much with his life in the future so he says he’ll take shop courses instead of college courses in junior high. Chris is also in the formal operational stage. He has conventional morality.
Teddy is at the identity vs. role confusion stage. He is trying to figure put who he is but ...
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