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Captain America Case Study
Transcript of Captain America Case Study
(Steven Rogers) Benjamin Fuhrer
4/30/13 I, Benjamin Fuhrer, give the instructor of this class permission to use this presentation as an example in class. Developmental Psychology
Dr. Ruth Doyle Biography Childhood Young Adulthood Midlife Late Adulthood End of Life In 1940, as a skinny art student, Rogers enlisted in the Army because he was greatly disturbed by World War II
in Europe. Even with a troubled childhood, Rogers upheld a high standard of honor because of his upbringing in the Irish Catholic church. He grew up very scrawny and weak, in part because he was so poor. In his early childhood, his alcoholic father died, followed by the death of his mother when he was a teen. Born to Irish immigrant parents on July 4th, 1922, Steven Rogers was raised in the poverty of the Great Depression. In a government attempt to hide the event, he was made out to be a super-hero figure with the designation,
Captain America. After enlisting, Rogers was almost immediately rejected due to his weak physical state. When Erksine was assassinated shortly after the operation, Rogers chased down the assassin, ending in the assassin's death. The Birth of a Hero Through his persistence, he gained the attention of General Chester Phillips who offered him a part in Operation: Rebirth. With the mastermind of Abraham Erksine, he was enhanced by a serum to a state of near physical perfection. Death of a Hero
(So soon?) The Sentinel of Liberty Rogers was given a cover identity as an infantry private in Virginia. This was where he met James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes. In April 1945, Captain America and Bucky found themselves in an effort to stop the villianous Baron Zemo, who had constucted a drone plane rigged with explosives. While trying to diffuse the bomb, Bucky set it off mid-air, sending Rogers hurtling into the icy North Atlantic. Through the duration of the war, Rogers and Bucky went on various adventures and stopped multiple threats to the U.S. and the world. It was during these adventures that Rogers acquired his iconic disk-shaped shield. Bucky soon learned of Rogers' alias but promised to keep it secret if he could be Captain America's sidekick. Adulthood Around 1960, the Avengers team discovered Rogers body in the ice, still alive because of his enhancement. Captain America awoke to learn that during his absence, an imposter had risen up by his title. His charlatan failed to replicate the procedure to attain super-strength. The drugs that he ingested drove him and his partner to violent paranoia. The U.S. government ended up placing the false Captain America in containment. During the 1960's, Captain America's life seemed to be wroght with conflict and turmoil. Captain America reluctantly took on a new sidekick, but he was influenced by an evil power to betray his friend. While working with the agency, S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogers met Sharon Carter, who became his love interest. She was later killed. During this period of his life, Rogers faced the man who had been driven insane by trying to mimic him. He was greatly troubled that he could end up with a similar fate. In an event similar to the Watergate scandal, Rogers became so upset with the corruption in the government that he gave up his patriotic title. Instead of Captain America, he became known as Nomad. After 9/11, Rogers opposed the government directly, fighting against their legislation that required him and other heroes to register their powers to the government. Captain America ended this "Civil War" by turning himself in when he saw the danger to the public. When Rogers returned to the present, he was given a full pardon for his opposition actions. He continued fighting crime in the later years of his life but he formally handed his shield and title down to Bucky who had since been discovered alive. Rogers is presumed to be alive still today. Outside the courthouse where his trial took place, Captain America was assassinated. Later it is discovered that the shot did not kill him, but sent him phasing in and out of previous life events. The Fall of a Hero Seeing the increasing corruption in the government, Rogers gave up his title for a second time. Under the alias of the Captain, he stood for justice but not necessarily the U.S. government. In the 1990's, Rogers was exposed to methamphetamine while trying to stop a lab explosion. The drug reacted violently with his body, deteriorating him nearly to the point of death. A blood transfusion saved him. In levels 1 and 2, Steven Rogers would have been rated positively. Even though his family was extremely poor, they were loving and they provided for him in his early years. In levels 3-5, I would place him as negative. After his father's death in early childhood and his mother's death in his late teens, he was devastated. Compounding on this was the massive amount of moral responsibility that he felt with the lack of physical ability to do anything about it. From late level 5 to level 6, He ranked as positive. He now had the physical prowess to do eveything that he felt was right. Level 6 was a very brief period, as he was frozen in the North Atlantic at this age. Levels 7 and 8 were a time of great turmoil for Captain America. He witnessed the death and betrayal of many friends, and this hardened him. In the end, he ranked positively for level 9 because he left an incredibly strong legacy to his successor. Erickson's Psychosocial Theory In conclusion, I observed that a life of high moral standards does not necessarily correlate to a pleasant life. Rogers kept his morals through his entire life. It was often because of this that he felt saddened or alone. In Kohlberg's Theory, Steven Rogers remained at level 6 for most of his life. There were times that he vigorously upheld the letter of the law, but comprehensively was always concerned for universal good. Steven Rogers achieved self-actualization. Although there were many negative moments in his life, He was consistently driven by a higher purpose or destiny. Kohlberg's Moral Theory and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs