Riggan's Hierarchy Of Needs In The Birdman

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This movie talks about Riggan Thomson is a washed-up Hollywood actor, who is famous in a movie “Birdman” in decades earlier. After that movie, he no longer as famous as “Birdman”. He feel frustrated about his life. Riggan wish to save his career by writing, directing, and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver 's short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love". However, he still cannot escape his fate as outdated famous star. He is tormented by the voice of Birdman, which mocks and criticizes him. In this essay, we would like to analyze Riggan’s mental process in this movie.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs For Riggan, he has pursuit of various needs in his life. It can be understood in Maslow’s theory in Hierarchy of needs. Maslow has conceptualized both our physiological and psychological motives as different classes of needs to which we assign different levels of priority. These different classes form a hierarchy of needs, in which the lower- level needs have the first priority (Maslow, 1970). And it is usually presented as a pyramid, as show in Figure A. Also, Maslow believed that few of people will ever fulfill enough of their lower-level needs to actually reach the level of self-actualization. In the movie, Riggan perform “Birdman” as a very successful role that get the audience loved, the achievement by “Birdman” and respect of public and even took to his career peak. Therefore, Riggan was basically met the level of
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