My Sweet Orange Tree

Hypothesis: A biased opinion about a child affects the child’s behavior and attitude.

In order to better explain the development of the main character Jose (Aka: Zeze)I’ve decided to once again study the developmental stages that were developed by Erik Erikson and base my study and hypothesis on this theory. Before I begin with the paper, to make a short summary of thestory, there is a boy who lives in extreme poverty in a setting of Brazil. He has three older siblings and a younger brother. His mother is a native Brazilian which was considered a minority groupwhich brought shame in some situations. His father is unemployed which leads to several difficult situations. And finally and most importantly Zeze is very smart which causes him to get into lots oftrouble.

Approximate Age Virtues Psycho Social Crisis Significant Relationship Existential Question Examples
0-2 years Hopes Basic Trust vs. Mistrust Mother Can I Trust The World? Feeding,Abandonment
2-4 years Will Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt Parents Is It Ok To Be Me? Toilet Training, Clothing Themselves
4-5 years Purpose Initiative vs. Guilt Family Is It Ok For Me To Do, Move and Act?Exploring, Using Tools or Making Art
5-12 years Competence Industry vs. Inferiority Neighbors, School Can I Make It In The World Of People And Things? School, Sports
Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erikson's_stages_of_psychosocial_development

This is a simple chart that explains the different stages in very clear way. I will base the story of Zeze until the 4th stage which is Industry vs.Inferiority. I will be doing a comparison of the character and how the different stages apply to his life.

Stage 1) Basic Trust vs. Mistrust (age 0~2)

In this stage the infant’s basic needs mustbe met by the parents. The infant depends on the mother for food, sustenance and comfort. In this stage the infant questions himself “Do I trust the world?” If these needs are not met then the... [continua]

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