A Developmental Journey in "The Karate Kid"
A review of the film "The Karate Kid" directed by Harald Zwart, and the developmental stage of its protagonist, Dre.
# 153367 | 987 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2013 |
Published on May 26, 2013 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues)
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The paper outlines the storyline concerning a boy named Dre in the 2010 film "The Karate Kid" and discusses how Dre's struggles seem typical for a young boy of his age. The paper looks at how Erik Erikson explains the developmental stage of this adolescent age group and how he explains the conflict of identity versus role confusion. The paper also points out that Dre begins the film at the end of late childhood, emotionally, and ends it with the attitude of a much more mature and seasoned adolescent because of the changes he experiences in his environment.
From the Paper:"Dre's struggles seem typical for a young boy of his age. Many children in Dre's age group are still fairly self-centered in the sense that they have trouble understanding that parents do not always make decisions for the purpose of hurting their child, and there are some things in life like a job transfer that a parent cannot always control. Cultural conflicts are common amongst all individuals who live abroad, particularly those who emigrate unwillingly such as Dre. And Dre's conflicts with his peers are also typical, including his crush on a pretty girl. The fact that the girl's parents disapprove of him make him desire Meiying even more.
"It is also not unusual for children to seek out adult mentors or father figures when they lack role models at home, like the fatherless Dre. Mr. Han has impressive knowledge and skills in the young boy's eyes. Although Dre's willingness to listen to Han's advice about training in the martial arts may at first seem surprising, many children of Dre's age apply themselves with dedication to a passion, such as basketball, gymnastics, or music. It is less of a sacrifice of Dre's ego to obey a non-parental figure than his mother. Also, Mr. Han has critical skills that he can teach Dre, which will help Dre navigate the social landscape of Dre's new school."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Harder, Arlene. "Erik Erikson: Stages of Development." The Learning Place. 2009. [April 3, 2011]http://www.learningplaceonline.com/stages/organize/Erikson.htm
- The Karate Kid. Directed by Harald Zwart. 2010.
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