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Developmental Theories in The Notebook
Brianna Gallegos
University of New Mexico

Developmental Theories in The Notebook
The Notebook demonstrates the growth and development theories including biosocial, psychosocial, and cognitive. The Notebook is a movie about a young couple who falls in love. The woman, Allie, is from a wealthy family who is discouraged when she has fallen in love with a young man, Noah, who only makes .40 cents an hour (Cassavetes, 2004). The story is told through a “notebook” that Noah is reading to Allie, whom has Alzheimer’s disease. Allie has no clue that Noah is her husband due to her disease. Noah has hope that Allie will eventually recognize the story he is telling her and realize it is her husband that is telling her the story. The couple eventually dies, but to signify their loving relationship, they pass on the same bed, holding one another’s hand. Throughout the entire movie Allie is demonstrating examples of the adolescent in biosocial appearances, Erikson’s theories of psychosocial, and Maslow’s cognitive theory. In the opening scene of the movie, Allie appears to be portrayed as an elderly woman. Even though Allie is beautiful with make-up and her hair looking beautiful, her face has obvious wrinkles, she has obvious bags under eyes, her hands seem to be weak, and her voice is deeper than her younger voice. All of these characteristics signify those of a typical geriatric. According to Berger, the characteristics of a geriatric are organ reserves are diminished; skin, hair, and body shape show unmistakable signs of senescence. (Berger, 2011)
The Notebook has many of Eric Erickson’s psychosocial stages that both Allie as well as Noah goes through such as, stage eight, integrity vs. despair, stage five, identity vs. identity confusion, and stage six, intimacy vs. isolation (Berger, 2011). When Noah is reading the…...

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