Freud's Theory Of Psychosexual Development In American Beauty

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American Beauty it’s a film about a man who fears about growing older, losing the hope of true love and not being respected by his wife and daughter. Mr. Burnham is going through a stage of his life, where he feels like if he was a young man that can be attractive to young women. He is unhappy with his family because he is unloved by both his wife and daughter. Later, he meets one of his daughter’s friends and becomes obsessed with her. His wife cheats on him with a professional friend of her and his daughter starts a relationship with his neighbor. At the end of the film, we see how Mr. Burnham is looking at a picture and is smiling, but then someone kills him. How we can see, the 1999 film American Beauty offers a clear image of notions …show more content…
A gender theory observed in the film is Freud’s Theory of Psychosexual Development. Freud’s proposed a stage theory of individual gender development, one in which each individual passes through a number of stages on his or her path to adult gender identity. These stages are set into motion by two factors: the composition or structure of the psyche and the realities of life. Four elements comprise Freud’s model of the psyche: id, ego, super-ego, and the external world. These elements together form the basic architecture of the self, and each has a decisive role to play in the formation of personality (Kimmel 87). In other words, Freud’s Theory explains the different stages that individuals developed while growing up. It explains how individuals identify their own personalities, their genders, and they learn to decide what they want to be and do for their futures. In the film, Freud’s Theory is shown in various characters, who is going through difficulties finding out what is going on around their personal and …show more content…
To sociologists, both biographies and histories (evolving social structures) are gendered (Kimmel 112). There are many people that decide not be really femininity or masculinity or they do not define themselves as females or males. Many of these individuals have fears of being discriminated against and act the way they look and not the way they are so that people can have a good appearance about them. For example, in the scene where Mr. Fitts, Mr. Burnham’s neighbor thinks that his son Ricky, who is Jane’s boyfriend, has a private relationship with Mr. Burnham. He uses violent behavior toward Ricky and tells him to leave his house, but then he goes to Mr. Burnham and tries to kiss him. This scene is interesting in the way that Mr. Fitts knows he is gay, and he is not able to express, act, or tell people who he really is. However, he then kills Mr. Burnham, where he is showing an opposite gender. Which leads people to confuse themselves, because he either killed Mr. Burnham by being angry about what he thinks he has with his son or by not accepting Mr. Fitts kiss, when he tried to kiss

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