Essay about Psychoanalysis of Brian from "The Breakfast Club"

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Brian Johnson (Nerd)
Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development Brian Johnson, as well as the rest of the characters from Hughes’ The Breakfast Club, can be categorized in more than one level/stage of Lawrence Kohlberg’s levels/stages of moral development. Many of the characters grow as people and can be seen at different levels of moral development throughout the film. For the purpose of this analysis, Brian will be categorized based on the general impressions and behaviors he expresses before reaching his “changing moment” near the end of the film (along with the other characters). Brian can be categorized as being in level two (conventional reasoning), stage four (social systems morality) in accordance to Kohlberg’s theory. He
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The third instance that expresses how Brian can be categorized in this stage is when Allison (the “weird girl”) returns Brian’s fake license to him. I know that obtaining a fake license could categorize Brian in a different stage, but Brian’s reasoning behind the license was not so he could buy alcohol or cigarettes, but so he could vote. The fact that he wanted to use his license to vote shows that he understands and shapes his morals around the “laws and duties of society.” He believed that it was his “duty” to vote in political elections. Overall, Brian was in Kohlberg’s second level and fourth stage of moral development.
Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development Brian will be categorized in Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development according to his general disposition and behavior throughout the film. As with the previously discussed categorization in Kohlberg's levels/stages, the “changing moment” will not be looked at in this (or in any) section of Brian’s entire analysis. Brian’s age categorized him in Erikson’s “adolescence” life stage and Brian’s personality/behavior categorized him as dealing with the conflict of identity versus role confusion. Brian can be seen in this stage

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