Developmental Assessment of Childhood: PRECIOUS
The film Precious is an emotional movie that deals with the unfortunate realities of everyday life for some individuals. The film that stares Gabourey Sidibe who plays the main character Clarice “Precious” Jones is based out of Harlem in the year of 1987. Precious is a sixteen year-old obese and uneducated teenager whom has had to grow up in a severely dysfunctional family environment. Her mother verbally and physically abuses her, often times using her as a personal servant. Her father has been sexually abusing her since childhood, and has impregnated her twice. Precious has lived with the ugly truth that because of her weight, skin color, and sexual abuse, she does not fit in …show more content…
It is said that “Certain circumstances relating to sexual trauma have been associated with heightened eating disorder symptoms in particular, including if the sexual trauma involved parents or if it occurred more than once” (Murray and Waller, 2002). In the film, it is also obvious that Precious is not happy with her physical looks. At one point in the movie, Precious looks in the mirror, and sees a slim, blue-eyed blonde. This evidently shows that she sees herself as she wants to be, rather than what she really is.
The next assessment is the Psychological assessment. Precious has experienced Sexual abuse from her father and physical abuse from her mother since she was a baby. Precious has flashbacks, low self-esteem, socialization problems, and depression. These are all signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). According to Merriam Webster online dictionary, PTSD is “ a psychological reaction that occurs after experiencing a highly stressing event (as wartime combat, physical violence, or a natural disaster) outside the range of normal human experience and that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, and avoidance of reminders of the event” (citation). Despite the traumatic issues she was dealing with, she managed to show resilience in some ways. “I'm gonna break through or somebody gonna break through to me” (movie quote). Although she easily could have, Precious did not allow
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The 2009 film “Precious”, based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, tells the tragic story of sixteen-year-old Claireece Precious Jones. She is overweight, illiterate and is now pregnant with her second child. Her life at home is a complete nightmare; her mother, Mary, verbally, emotionally and physically abuses her daily. Her father, Carl, molested her on multiple occasions and impregnated her twice then disappeared. Precious was kicked out of public school and took an offer to attend an alternative school where she meets her inspirational teacher Miss Blu Rain. Precious begins to believe in herself and prepare herself for her future. She becomes engaged in class and learns how to read and write; she was called stupid and dummy all her life and
I felt that this movie addressed numerous forms of abuse such as verbal, physical, sexual as well as neglect. Her father, resulting in her having two children, sexually abuses Precious. Her mother verbally and physically abuses her at home. Numerous emotions were at play while watching the movie such as anger, sadness, empathy, as well as hope. Precious was able to tackle all the hardships she faced and persevered. She exemplified courage and strength through adversity. Precious had some very influential people in her life, however, which may have saved her life and her children’s lives. Firstly, the principal at her original school noticed Precious and helped her. She could have ignored Precious and moved her along in the school system.
Precious is 16-year old, but she is in middle school. Since Precious is too old to be in middle school, she was recommended to attend an alternative school. At the alternative school, Precious takes pre-GED classes, and then will take GED classes to earn her high school diploma. In Pre-GED classes she is learning to read and write. Precious enjoys writing, and in particular she likes poetry. Precious is very optimistic about her future, and wants to live a better life.
One level to address when watching the film Precious is the Micro issues that Precious faces in the movie. The movie does not directly describe all of Precious’s immediate family members but one can see
Precious, a movie based on the book Push written by Sapphire, is an interesting movie directed by Lee Daniels. Precious can be easily analyzed using basic motivation and emotion theories in psychology. The movie is about Claireece "Precious" Jones and how she becomes a strong, independent woman after breaking through her curse of physical and sexual abuse which she has endured since she was three months old. At the beginning, Precious is physically and verbally abused by her mother. In addition, Precious was raped by her father multiple times and impregnated twice. After being kicked out of her school because she was pregnant, Precious willingly joins the Each One Teach One alternative school so she can improve her reading and writing
Throughout the movie Precious, there are several times when the audience witnesses trauma and its effect on Precious’ life. These traumatizing events include sexual abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse. When people go through these events, their mind will find ways to cope with their situation. These coping mechanisms are depersonalization, derealization, detachment, and dissociation.
The child I chose to write about for this assignment is two year old Danjuma from Wayne, Ohio. He is the youngest of three children and attends an Early Head Start Program two days a week. The child’s parents have jobs; when the mother is working her sister takes care of Danjuma. The family has financial problems but don’t qualify for any type of public assistance.
It is clear that Precious is illiterate by the way she takes the test and narrates that tests paint pictures of me with no brain. On her way back, a group of thugs sexually harass her and then one pushes her down when she doesn't respond. Cut to a fantasy sequence of her dancing in an Apollo-like stage and her boyfriend licking her ear, but it is really a dog licking her ear while she is down on the ground. She returns to her building and runs into a little girl, Ruby, who pesters her.
The movie Precious is a 2009 American drama film directed by Lee Daniels. Precious is an adaptation of the 1996 novel “Push” by Sapphire. The film stars Gabourney Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Mo’Nique and Paula Patton. The film takes place in Harlem in 1987 where an obese, 16 year old female named Claireece P. “Precious” Jones lives in a Harlem ghetto with her dysfunctional and abusive mother Mary. The family resides in a Section 8 tenement and subsists on welfare. Precious has been “invisible” to the father who rapes her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just another one of Harlem’s casualties. But when Precious becomes pregnant with a second child by her father, Precious meets a determined teacher and a no-nonsense social worker and
In the film Precious, this movie discuses a lot of maltreatment and physical abuse. This movie is by far one of the worse because it deals with mistreatment and negative talk on an innocent teenager who wants to be all that she can be, but she is insulted and told differently. Although it may be a bad movie, I always hope that this will inspire other people like Precious to speak out on what they are going through. There is a lot of drugs being used in the home and just plain out disrespect. Claireece “Precious” Jones who is 16 years old grew up in Harlem during the late 1980s. All of the poor and dirty crime that happens, none of which affects Precious as much as the constant mistreatment she receives at the hands of her brutally vile mother Mary. Precious is treated as a slave, fixing food, washing dishes, and tending to her wretched master as the worthless woman smokes, collects welfare, and watches TV. Precious lives a life that involves many sociological issues that have unarguably caused her great pain throughout her young life. Having endured poverty, sexual abuse, and verbal abuse her life has been far from perfect, but she realizes the need to defeat these negative sociological factors to achieve a life that seems to her as only a fantasy. During school, Precious tries very hard to blend into the background; she dreams of being normal, gracing the covers of magazines, and sporting an arm-candy boyfriend. The feeling that I felt when I watched this movie breaks my heart because there are people in this world that are indeed treated like this and this is very sad. It's very tough for teens and children to go through life hurting and crying out for help. This is what Precious face. Perhaps the most affecting element of the film is Precious' refusal to demand sympathy. The movie tells the story of Precious being abused and mistreated as a teenager, out of the apartment of cigarette smoke and pig's feet and bed springs and casual cruelty and into the world of unimagined possibilities. She's aided on the journey by a literacy teacher Ms. Rain, into whose hands she falls after being expelled out of school and a social worker who digs up her history of abuse. This movie was very depressing to watch. When it
The movie Precious, is based off of the novel Push by Sapphire. In this movie, there is a 16 year old girl named Precious. She is pregnant with her second child from her father, still in junior high, and is morbidly obese. Not only that, but is continuously abused by her mother and father; verbally, mentally, and physically.
The movie is based around the character, Precious. A 16-year-old girl growing up in Harlem who has lived a life full of sexual, physical, and verbal abuse, ridicule, illiteracy, and overall tragedy. While she was verbally abused by both parents and sexually abused on a daily basis, resulting in two children, she begins attending a special school to earn her GED. Though she is 16 years old, she is able to only read at a 1st grade level. While in the program she forms a close bond with her teacher who she regularly confides in. Throughout the film, Precious displays her abysmally low self-esteem and thinks very little of herself. She states at one point that “she will never amount to anything, and is worthless” (Precious). Her teacher works to get to the bottom of the idea Precious holds of herself, and helps push Precious to evaluate that construct. Precious grows intellectually and as a person, in the end realizing those negative views she held were not true. Ultimately, empowering her, changing her reality, and helping her to build up her confidence that was sorely
The film Precious directed by Lee Daniels is a solemn movie dealing with the unfortunate truths of everyday life for some individuals. The film staring Gabourey Sidibe who plays the main character Clarice “Precious” Jones along with co-stars Mariah Carey and Leni Kravitz is based in the Ghetto of Harlem in the year of 1987. Precious is a sixteen year-old illiterate morbidly obese teenager whom has grown up in the Ghetto of Harlem in a dysfunctional family. Her mother Mary verbally and physically abuses her and uses her as her personal servant while her father Carl also abuses her and has impregnated her twice. Early in the movie it is stated that Precious’s first child is named “Mongo” short for Mongoloid and suffers from
The issues and themes that I believe precious’ story intend to shed light upon is that stranded mother-daughter relationships, abuse and neglect within the family and personal relationships out the family. I think that the movie Precious shed lights on these issues and theme because people in today’s society is afraid to address some of these issues within their families and their life. Black families do not see that there is a problem with it because it is the way that they grew up. From the film it is true that physical, sexual and verbal abuse still happen today and it usually happen by someone we trust. That person can be a family member, friend, teacher, religious leader,etc. Many children who comes from these environment do struggle
The stereotypical black family is one where the father has left a mother alone to raise her kids. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire creates a more vivid story where the father has not only left, but he has impregnated his daughter for a second time. Gabourey Sidibe, who played Clareece ‘Precious’ Jones, embodied the character. She played an obese, illiterate sixteen year old who had been molested by her father since she was a child. At twelve she gave birth to her first child and is determined to further her education. Clareece’s mother Mary, played by comedian Mo’Nique, is a walking symbol of hatred. She not only abuses Precious, but she also forces Precious to cook for her and use her daughter for Welfare. Paula Patton, who plays Ms. Rain, is the light at the end of the tunnel for Clareece. Director Lee Daniels and writer Sapphire perfectly embodied the hatred, lack of love, and hope in the movie (“Precious Full Cats and Crew”). Precious is a vivid movie not intended for all audiences, but the film embodies emotions that everyone has.