Analysis Of Good Will Hunting

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Good Will Hunting Gus Van Sant’s film Good Will Hunting narrates about the life of a young man, Will Hunting, who is extremely gifted especially in Mathematics but simply works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Even Will is endowed with exceptional intelligence, he faces setbacks in his life. He often sabotages himself with his self-loathing. Will’s life started to change after Professor Gerald Lambeau discovered his extraordinary potential and introduced him to Sean Maguire, a psychologist. Will’s cognitive, moral and socio-emotional development can be noticed throughout the movie. Will Hunting’s cognitive development can be explained using Piaget’s cognitive development theory. Will in his early 20s was in the developmental stage of early adulthood. The cognitive development of young adults are identified to be in the formal operational stage of Piaget’s theory (Wood, Smith, & Grossniklaus, 2001). Piaget describes the thinking of individuals in this stage as being more rational, abstract and idealistic (Santrock, 2013). Will is able to develop a more abstract and logical way of thinking which enables him to solve algebraic questions through the formal operational stage. He is characterized as being a Mathematics genius in the movie as he is able to solve the challenging algebraic question Professor Lambeau posed for his graduate students even though he never attended any of the professor’s lectures. Will further proves his talent when he
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