The need to belong
The need to belong is a human instinct that often leads humans to behave impulsively and experience clouded judgment. An excellent example in this film would be how Baby observes and acts almost star struck over Johnny Castle and his co-workers with minimal face-to-face interaction in the beginning. When the opportunity for Baby to have meaningful interactions occur, for example, she expresses to Penny that she envies her life and the experience of being a Rockette. Baby’s desire to belong to that group is so overwhelming that shortly after meeting them, she lies to her father and asks for $250 dollars to cover the expense of Penny’s abortion.
Self and identity
Johnny discloses to Baby that he is a nobody and that she can’t understand his position due to his background and he comes from the streets…show more content… Penny makes the ultimate decision to have an illegal abortion for her unwanted pregnancy with Robbie with Baby’s help to cover for her.
Baby confronts Robbie about his responsibility to Penny and their unborn child, Robbie references a book, The Fountainhead by Arn Rand. Although, this book is not explained in the scene, Robbie does explain to Baby “that some people count, and some don’t,” thus promoting a superior individualistic way of thinking over a collectivist, family oriented approach.
Lisa finds Baby upset in their hotel room, sulking about the tongue lashing and discriminating views of her parents and the manager of Kellerman’s. Lisa’s empathy for Baby is full of warmth and understanding. Lisa catches herself when she offers to do Baby’s hair, and instead compliments Baby by telling her she is prettier, her way. A portrayal that historically these two characters would not have put aside their rivalry for the affections of their father.