on golden pond Essay

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ON GOLDEN POND

ALEXANDRA HERMAN

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

DECEMBER 1, 2013

Mark Rydell 's "On Golden Pond" is a drama that emphasizes the stages people of various ages endures. Utilizing Erik Erikson 's Psychosocial Stages as learned in class, each of the main characters can be placed within a stage and their age-related crises analyzed. The film being so close to a family 's life, it becomes relatable to the audience, prompting personal reactions as well as implementing life examples of some of the theories studied in class. As there are plenty of characters that all develop changes throughout the movie, the most influential would be the main character, Norman Thayer. Throughout the movie Norman shows many prime examples or physical,
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It gets so bad that Billy takes over the boat, and Norman actually leads him into a patch full of rocks, which damages the boat and throws Norman overboard.

"Women 's childhood relationships with their fathers are important to them all their lives. Regardless of age or status, women who seem clearest about their goals and most satisfied with their lives and personal and family relationships usually remember that their fathers enjoyed them and were actively interested in their development." (Chess, Stella). Among from all the other twists and turns a person goes through in their lifetime, emotional development is by far the best and the worst. In this movie an emotional relationship is what it 's solely based off of. Norman has lived his whole entire life without having a relationship with his daughter Chelsea. In fact she hasn 't seen him in years and for the first time she is coming to spend time for his big birthday. When Chelsea arrives the tension and resentment is so present with both the characters. Norman 's problem is that he doesn 't realize his words and actions strongly affect Chelsea in more than one-way. One scene that really shows how Norman feels about life and that can really affect Chelsea is when they assemble for his birthday cake. He states that he has little to say for living for four score years. Instead of expressing his love to his daughter

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