On Golden Pond Extra CreditJessica Cuervo
Prof. Danowski
Developmental Psychology II
Dominican College
May 7, 2018
The movie relates to this class because it shows the different stages of life and how each character in the film is learning how to process and adjust to these situations. The film shows cases on topics that we have talked about such as chronological age, psychological age, perceived age, ageism, and others. One of the characters that stand out from the movie is Norman and the way he treats and sees life.
A scene that was shown in the movie was his relationship with his wife, Ethel. In the film, Norman has a sweet, loving, caring relationship with his wife, Ethel. You can see that they know how to treat each other and push each other’s buttons. Each one of them has an outlook and experiences of life very differently, and it shows in their relationship. One of the topics that we went over in class was chronological age, psychological age, and perceived age. Thru out the movie, you can defiantly see it. Norman is afraid that his time can come up at any moment, and therefore he views life as threatening. He is always thinking about death because he has nothing else to do. He acts like a grumpy old man, by yelling at his grandchild and not showing that much affection to his daughter. He looks old and sometimes seems to behave and move around much slower than someone his age.
He sometimes forgets things or does not pay attention to what he is doing for example, when he was turning on the fireplace Norman almost set the house on fire. It showed his anger by yelling at Billy and being extremely rude. During this accident Ethel tells Billy not to be mad at Norman for yelling at him, he is just mad at himself because he is getting old and he is just mad that his body is becoming weaker and aging. On the other hand, Ethel dances, sings and smiles her way through each day. She does not let her age define her and acts much younger than her age. Also, she looks to be in much more better health than her husband. Towards, the end of the movie it was shown that Norman had a little bit much more health issue than Ethel because Norman collapsed on the floor and started to complain about chest pain, that Ethel had to go running and get his medication.

Another topic that we went over was ageism. Norman is an old man who feels entirely useless. This feeling is demonstrated in the movie when Norman looks over the newspaper classified ads, looking for “something to do with myself.” He needs to feel that he is necessary that he counts, that his presence makes a difference and not bored almost all day. He wants to be able to do something that shows that yes, he is old, but he can do a lot of things. A scenario that played out was when his grandchild was left for a whole month with them, in the beginning, Billy his grandchild did not want to do anything with them because they were old and the things he wanted to be doing, his grandparents could not do because of their age. This situation is something that Norman did not like because he felt that he was being labeled or discriminated because of his age.

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Later, their relationship Billy and Norman got better because they enjoy fishing. Billy was a much-needed remedy or distraction to Norman’s hopelessness. Being around a carefree, tenacious adolescent was a positive influence on Norman because instead of sitting around thinking about death he is sharing stories about his life and doing things that he likes. As the movie reaches the end, Norman begins to realize and accept that death is part of the aging process and that everyone needs to go thru it. The scene that shows this is when Billy captures the fish Walter and Norman asks to release it back into the river because if it has survived this long, it deserves to live a full life.

In conclusion, the movie touches on several topics discussed in class and the main character Norman goes thru a bunch of them. From him thinking of dying all the time, his body giving up on him, fearing discrimination, to overcoming all those fears and realizing that death is a part of life and he can give back in other ways such as bonding with his grandchild and make memories.