Massacre and Its Consequences in The Movie We Need to Talk About Kevin

1360 Words 6 Pages
The movie “We Need to Talk About Kevin” is based flashbacks that Eva has of Kevin growing up as she deals with the aftermath of the massacre he committed, murdering fellow students in his high school. Based on Kevin’s character, one may assume that he is a psychopath for the way he acted and behaved as an individual. However, Kevin’s personality greatly contributed to him and the role he portrayed. The following theorists analyze what framed Kevin’s behavior and how their different theories contributed to the individuality of both Eva and Kevin.
Eric Fromm was a personality theorist who believed that human nature was shaped by childhood experiences. He was trained in Freudian psychoanalysis and other socially related theorists which lead
…show more content…
According to Fromm, destructive people restore lost feelings of power by destroying other people and things. Kevin did this by killing his sister’s pet by putting it down the sink and by destroying Eva’s map wallpaper with a marker when he was a child.
Another personality theorist Erik Erikson created the term identity crisis. His post-Freudian theory elaborated on Freud’s infantile developmental stages into adolescence, adulthood, and old age. According to Erickson, the ego develops throughout various stages of life relative to epigenetic development in which each stage of life develops at the right time. His stages of psychological development depict eight stages that build on the preceding stages. However, in Kevin’s case his parents, especially his mother, contributed to the underdevelopment of a competent ego, in which his ego did not develop at the right time. During Kevin’s infancy he developed basic mistrust from his mother and never gained basic trust from her. For example as an infant when Kevin cried Eva did nothing to comfort or soothe him. The balance of trust versus mistrust depends largely on a maternal relationship but this relationship never existed between Kevin and Eva. According to Erikson, hope emerges once a child is able to distinguish between trust and mistrust and if hope is never acquired it prevents the child from moving

Related Documents