Precious: A Case Study Essay

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Precious: A Case Study Kristan Hughart Wilmington University Precious: A Case Study The move Precious (based on the novel “Push” written by Sapphire), depicts the life of a 16 year old girl named Claireece “Precious” Jones. The story is set in Harlem, NY in 1987. Precious has suffered severe abuse throughout her life by both of her parents. She has seemed to have slipped through the cracks of the system from family, the school system, child services, as well as the community as a whole. Her only saving grace is her strong will and her ability to disassociate herself and seek comfort in her own imaginary world. Precious’ abuse started as an infant when she was molested and raped by her father as her…show more content…
Although it was not shown one could assume Precious has witnessed violence between her mother and father. Response of Multidisciplinary Team member I chose Precious’ teacher Ms. Rain as the multidisciplinary team member I would like to portray. Ms. Rain becomes more than a teacher to Precious. She represents the mother figure she so desperately wants to have, the sophisticated women she strives to become, and someone she can count on for once in her life. Ms. Rain responded to Precious’ low self-esteem by empowering her through learning. She taught her how to socialize with others by creating a classroom environment that required it. Ms. Rain becomes a trustworthy confidant through the journal writings which allow Precious to start to come to terms with the things that have to her. Ms. Rain becomes a protector for precious, she helps her when she has nowhere to go and protects her from having to go back to her abusive mother. Ms. Rain responds to Precious needs, however I feel as though she could have been more proactive. As a teacher with a focus on such a small group of girls I would hope that I would have noticed and responded more aggressively to the red flags that were apparent. For example, why is this 16 year old girl illiterate? What is going on her family that has allowed this to happen? Why is Precious so obese? Does she have an eating disorder, if so what could be the
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