Stand by Me

1008 WordsJun 24, 20055 Pages
Stand By Me is a movie based on a novel by Stephen King. It tells the story of four preteens, who during a boring summer day, embark on a journey to find the body of a dead twelve year old, who has been missing by news accounts, but known to them, to be lying in the woods near a river bank. The story is told as an historical narrative about the lives and relationships of the four main characters in this movie, Gordy, Chris, Teddy, and Vern. In this essay, I will discuss how communication, and self-concept, affects the characters, and their interactions. Gordy La Chance, who is the narrator of this story, can best be described as an introvert. He is living in the shadow of his recently deceased brother, and is having a difficult…show more content…
One example of this would be when the group is walking along a railroad bridge and we find Vern crawling, instead of walking, due to his fear of heights. Another example would be when the boys are considering cutting through the woods to find the body, and he stays behind, trying to reason with the group to follow the safe path along the railroad tracks, but in order to fit in, he reluctantly follows. His presenting self is assured and agreeable. Inwardly, or his perceived self, is actually worried, vulnerable, and gullible. Throughout this movie, we learn how relationships are formed and maintained, and how our perceived self, and presenting self can be very different. The boys continually use identity management to jockey for position in the group, however each one knows where they actually belong. It is only when they encounter a difficult situation, that they show their true emotions and feelings. They do stick up for each other, and show true concern and caring when the need arises, however, in the presenting face, they play it much more cool, and even somewhat unconcerned for each other's feelings. In the end, the relationship between the four dwindles, and only Gordy and Chris remained friends. Gordy helped Chris to overcome his self-fulfilling prophecy by encouraging him to attend college, and become a lawyer. Chris, in return became a significant force in

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