Blankets, By Craig Thompson

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The graphic novel Blankets, by Craig Thompson, is an emotionally charged and painfully truthful account of the author’s life as he grew from a young child through the stages of adolescence to young adulthood. Thompson’s account of his life events represents many developmental theories and philosophies. Bronfenbrenner’s theory of systems, Vygotsky’s social development theory, Marcia’s theory of the identity, Arnett’s theory of emerging adulthood, and Kraft’s theory of the family system are all seen throughout Craig’s life. Urie Bronfenbrenner presented his theory of ecological systems in 1979. In his theory, Bronfenbrenner claims that there are four systems that work in concert with one another to affect the behavior of an individual (Lobb, 2016). The four systems that Bronfenbrenner posed were the microsystem, relatable to one’s home, the mesosystem, considered one’s home and school, the exosystem, which are organizations outside of school, and the macrosystem, which involves the government. While the fourth system is not quite present in Craig’s life, the other three are readily recognizable.
As to the microsystem, it can be observed from his home life that Craig’s family is of a low socioeconomic status. Pictures from pages 10 and 11 show that Craig and his brother were forced to share the same bed as children and that the furniture of their room, specifically the lamp seen on page 11, was not in pristine condition. Furthering the notion that Craig’s family fell within a
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