Identity of Timo Cruz Character Through Needs Fulfillment in the "Coach Carter" Movie

Ryanshan Gunawan • Singgih Daru Kuncara • Erna Wati
Journal article None • July 2017

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This research aimed to find out how Timo Cruz as the main character in Coach Carter movie obtained his real identity by examining the needs Timo Cruz fulfilled using Abraham Maslow's theory of Five Hierarchy of Needs. To begin with, the researcher analyzed the needs that Timo Cruz fulfilled from the first stage to the fifth stage. After analyzing the needs, the researcher then analyzed the four identities from James Marcia's theory. Furthermore, the researcher identified what stage of needs that could be linked up to the identity. The method used in this research was qualitative research. The data were analyzed through Abraham Maslow's theory about Five Hierarchy of Needs and Four Identity Status by James Marcia. The movie was analyzed by the characters' conversation and dialogue script. The researcher used some steps to collect the data to be examined. In analyzing the data, the researcher was watching the movie several times, comprehended the dialogues and the pictures of the movie related to needs fulfillment and identity of Timo Cruz character. The researcher found the needs of Timo Cruz character based on the Abraham Maslow's theory on five needs; physiological needs, safety needs, social needs, esteem needs and self-actualization needs. The researcher also found the identity of Timo Cruz that focused on four identities; identity foreclosure, diffusion, moratorium and achievement. Afterwards, the researcher explained the most dominant needs like social needs and identity from character Timo Cruz.





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