squidandthewhale

Squidandthewhale - Jennifer Carl"The Squid and the Whale Walt and Frank react to their parents divorce in opposite but parallel ways Both attach

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Jennifer Carl February 20, 2008 “The Squid and the Whale” Walt and Frank react to their parents’ divorce in opposite but parallel ways. Both attach themselves to one parent, mimicking their behaviors and attitudes about the divorce. In the case of Walk and Frank, both Piaget’s and Vygotsky’s theories seem to apply. The movie really showcases Walt’s developmental issues more so than Frank’s, because in a way Frank is the more grounded of the two boys. As Piaget’s concepts about object permanence infer, Frank rejects his father’s new home as it has no reflection of who he is. He even states “just one turtle would have helped” (to acclimate him to the new surroundings.) Whereas Walt, who seemingly has very little personality or preference that derives from his father’s tastes, is instantly accepting of anything his father presents. Frank appears more realistic and self aware than Walt, despite his age, perhaps because he does not buy into his father’s elitist thinking. He rejects out of hand
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course GENDER & S 0481 taught by Professor Dinshaw during the Spring '08 term at NYU.

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