Personality of George Baily in “It’s a Wonderful Life”


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Personality of George Baily in "It’s a Wonderful Life"
The Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) by legendary director Frank Kappa traces the life of George Bailey from his early childhood until a critical moment in his life. On Christmas eve George asserts that the world would have been much better off if he was never born. It is at this critical moment where he stands looking over an icy river contemplating suicide that his guardian angel Clarence jumps in and is saved by George. This dramatic scene is the culmination of George Bailey’s life of self-sacrifice and his final moment of exhaustion with his selfless choices. The subsequent story, quite similar to A Christmas Carol in that the main character sees his life...
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..... committing suicide is the only viable solution. However, when his guardian angel shows George his significance as a Bailey and really shows him that he is in fact the perfect Bailey, George regains his emotional strength and feels capable and ready to fight against Mr. Potter and once again save the building and loan and town. Thus, George has fulfilled his teleological destiny and met his motivation to be the perfect Bailey. As Adler’s theory shows, George was motivated by his desire to be the perfect member of society in Beacon falls propelled by of strong sense of social interest coupled with an intense teleological motivation.
Works Cited
Ryckman, Richard M.. Theories of Personality . 9th ed. New York: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1978. Print.