Essay on Stand by Me

1067 Words Jan 3rd, 2013 5 Pages
Stand By Me
The movie, “Stand by Me,” exhibits the many things a child goes through during the adolescence. The theories of Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, and Erik Erikson are clearly exemplified in Gordy, Chris, Teddy, and Vern throughout the movie. The four kids are identical to one stage each of Jean Piaget’s stages of cognitive development, Lawrence Kohlberg’s stages of moral development, and Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development. By the end of the movie, you see a character change in Gordy and Chris
Gordy
The stage of development theorized by Piaget that is most identical to Gordy is the formal operational stage. During this stage, children develop abstract thoughts and can easily conserve and think logically in their
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The stage of development theorized by Erikson that is most identical to Chris is the industry versus inferiority stage. Several times in the movie Chris wonders if he is worth anything. He tells Gordy that he is never going to leave the town and go to college because he’s just not that smart like Gordy.
Teddy
The stage of development theorized by Piaget that is most identical to Teddy is the concrete operational stage. An example of this in the movie is when the kids came to the railroad tracks over the river. Gordy, Chris, and Vern did not want to walk across it because they were afraid that the train was approaching. They wanted to go another way. Teddy was fully aware that the route they wanted to take was longer to get to the place where the dead body was. He saw that they would be able to go over it in time and if a train were to come, then they could just jump off into the river below. The stage of development theorized by Kohlberg that is most identical to Teddy is the self-interest driven stage in the pre-conventional level of Kohlberg’s stages of moral development. An example of this in the movie is when Teddy only wanted to find the dead body so that he could become famous and be seen as a hero. The stage of development theorized by Erikson that is most identical to Teddy is the autonomy versus shame and doubt stage. An example of this in the movie is when Teddy takes initiative to cross the
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