Development Erik Erikson’s 8 Stages/ Old Age/ Integrity vs. Despair

This scene from the movie Saving Private Ryan illustrates the positive outcome  INTEGRITY) of Erikson's 8th stage.
This scene from the movie Saving Private Ryan illustrates the positive outcome INTEGRITY) of Erikson’s 8th stage.

In the final minutes of the movie Saving Private Ryan, after Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) tells Private James Ryan, “Earn this,” the camera  cuts to an elderly James Ryan standing over Miller’s grave. Tears in his eyes, Ryan speaks to the departed Miller at his grave saying, “Everyday I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge; I’ve tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that that was enough. I hope, that at least in your eyes, I earned what [you] have done for me.”

Saving Private Ryan “Earn This” & Cemetery Scene

Class Starter.  What did Tom Hank’s character, Captain Miller, mean when he said to Private Ryan (played by Matt Damon) “Earn this”?

Johnny Cash  the music video for “HURT’

Analyze the meaning of the song Hurt.  In your ‘freewrite”explain what the song is about, what is the mood of the song, how the song makes you feel and so on.  Also pick a quote/lines from the song and explain what they mean to you. Hurt by Johnny Cash Compare Johnny Cash’s song, Hurt to Private Ryan’s character, the move clip from Saving Private Ryan. Relate both to Erikson’s 8th stage of psychosocial development, Integrity vs. Despair erikson

Saving Private Ryan Ending https://vimeo.com/42913707

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About victoriaruss

I teach World History, Civics, AP Psychology, and AP Government at West Bladen High School.
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