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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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Transcript of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Psychology in the Movies
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Directed by: David Fincher
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Presented by: Taylor Mack
2nd hour AP Psychology
Critique
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
was a fabulous, heart catching movie. I would highly suggest this movie to others. Brad Pitt plays his role to an absolute 'T'. His character, Benjamin Button, captures your heart from the second you see his wrinkly baby face. All the actors in this movie are excellent. The only cons to this movie would be the long length, and that there are some accompanying boring parts, but overall the movie is definitely a must see.
Baby Benjamin
A main part of psychology is development. Physical and motor development along with aging is huge to one's life. When one gets older they are more susceptible to illnesses and diseases, lose memories, and have aching bones. (Ch4 pgs 175-180)
"I was born under unusual circumstances"
Benjamin Button has a rare disease where he ages backwards. A newborn with wrinkles! Benjamin starts growing up and he is restricted to a wheelchair, has glasses, and is very reliant on his care giver, Queenie. In these clips you can see what Button looked like as a baby and when he was seven he finally took his first step.
Oh Daisy
Love and intimacy.~ One of Erikson's concepts to life is intimacy. Intimacy is when one person can form a mature, loving bond with another person. Intimacy for most is a huge sense of pleasure, and most people form this when they feel comfortable with themselves. In the movie, Button forms a close relationship with a woman, Daisy. Benjamin and Daisy become lovers and form a sense of intimacy as you can feel in this clip. This scene is a clear indication of intimacy when Button and Daisy lay together and express their genuine thoughts and feelings to another.
One of Piaget's levels of moral thinking, the postconventional morality is about when one goes about their life believing certain ethical principles. In the movie Benjamin realizes that he can no longer be a father to his daughter, Caroline and be a lover to Daisy when every year he is getting younger. So he left them in hoping that it would better them both if we he became burdensome they wouldn't have to deal with him. In this clip Button's daughter reads the letter that he wrote her, explaining all his thoughts upon her and being the dad he could never be. (Chap4 pg. 168)
Chapter 4, page 172
Summary
In the movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Brad Pitt plays a man, Benjamin Button, who grew up aging backwards. He was an infant but looked the age of 92, and when he was 80 he looked like a toddler. Button learned to understand and move on with his life after the realization of his life's deterioration. When he was young he became friends with a red-headed girl, Daisy. Benjamin had always fancied Daisy, and years to come he would engage in a serious relationship with her. Benjamin would go through a lot of struggles but in the end Daisy would end up being the one to take care of him at his end.
The environment plays a key role in our fate. The environment is an important influence in every person's life which is everything around us. In this clip Button depicts how the environment, which was the little things: a woman missing her cab and reaching a later cab, a man late for work, the worker not wrapping the woman's package, the delivery truck moving, and the woman's broken shoelace were all little things that added up timely that were the cause of Daisy being hit by the cab and getting in an accident.
(Chapter 3, pg 94)
Self-concept is an understanding of what you stand for and who you are. Self-concept is accepting and determining who you are. You understand all your strengths and weaknesses, any personal flaws you may dislike or any personal perks you may like. Both Maslow and Rogers are high believers in the aspect of self-concept. In a scene from the movie Benjamin is sitting at a bar with a gentleman and they start discussing Benjamin's disease.
" I was born old,"
"No need to be sorry, there's nothing wrong with being old."
(49mins 12secs)
In that scene you can tell that Benjamin accepts that he was born old and almost has a sense of pride that he is, he understands who he is, a man born old.
Chapter 15 pg.610
Death and dying isn't anything one really plans for yet everyone is to one day be succumbed to death. When a loved one or friend dies every person deals with their grief in some type of way, rather alike or not alike. Those who embrace death openly with dignity helps one live a meaningful life and feel good about themselves when it's their time. In a scene where Benjamin is getting his haircut by his elderly woman that he befriends she talks about death and quotes,
"Benjamin, we are meant to lose the people we love, how else would we know how important they are to us?"
In that quote she is embracing death and accepting that death even how tragic it may be, still holds a purpose. Everyone suffers, but those can prevail and understand death.
(55 mins,10 secs)
(Chapter 4, pg 190)
In Erik Erikson's stages pf psychosocial development one of them is, Generativity vs. Stagnation. In this stage people who are generally in their 40's to their 60's experience this feeling. In this middle adulthood most people has a sense of generativity where they realize what they've contributed to the world and realize it is their time to give back. In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Daisy realizes that getting older is causing her to give up her days of ballet. She accepts this and decides to contribute back to younger generations by becoming a ballet teacher.
(Chapter 4, pg 170)
(130mins, 10secs - 131mins 36 secs)
My overall reflection of this project is that psychology is literally everywhere. It simply slips in to daily life and situations and simply can always be found somewhere. Most of the time I don't even notice all the little hidden psychology references. PSYCHOLOGY IS EVERYWHERE UNKNOWINGLY!
"There was only a short window of time you could do it so even if nothing ever happened you would still be here where you are right now." -Button
"I just hate getting old." -Daisy

Benjamin narrating: "She found peace, she opened a studio and taught young girls how to dance."
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