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What Is Juno's Argument

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Juno is a quirky American comedy-drama film about a teenage girl who falls pregnant and must decide what actions to take about the unplanned pregnancy. The movie is told over four seasons, starting in autumn when Juno, a 16 year old junior in high school discovers she is pregnant with her friend and crush, Paulie Bleeker. Juno first considers abortion, but ultimately cannot go through with it. She decides to have the baby and give it up for adoption. But first she has to tell her father and stepmother about the situation, her biological mother is revealed to live on a ranch with her new husband and three children. Her parents are pragmatic about the pregnancy and explain to Juno that they will support her decision. Juno's next step is to…show more content…
Juno is then seen riding her bike to Paulie's house where they play the guitar and sing a song together. While watching the movie, I focused on the part where Juno explains about her mother's absense in her life. Juno says, "She inexplicably mails me a cactus every Valentine's Day. And I'm like, "Thanks a heap coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment." This leads me to notice the anger and resentment she must feel towards her mother. Abandonment child syndrome is a psychological or behavioral condition that results in the loss of one or both parents. Parents who leave for no apparent reason can cause psychological damage to the child. This disorder could have occured when her mother and father divorced. The film does not offer a lot of information on Juno's mother and father's divorce. Through research I learned that children of divorce are very likely to form abandonment issues. The psychological effects divorce can have on children can be devastating and many parents are oblivious to the toll it takes on their…show more content…
Juno knows she is very much not ready to take care of a child, as she is a child herself. The extent of Juno's disorder is not severe in my opinion, but is still apparent when watching the movie from a psychological perspective. Juno's behavior and past leads me to believe that she has this disorder. Juno did not receive any treatment for this disorder, but she odid recognize that she was not ready to be a mother. This was a very responsible, tough decision to make at any age, let only as a 16 year old girl. After giving birth, Juno is obviously distraught and has Paulie comfort her. He comforts her by saying they will have one once they are ready. Juno does receive medication for her ADHD, Adderall. Juno's actions did affect those around her. Her father, her step-mother, her best friend, Paulie, and the Lorings'. Her disorder could have potentionally lead her to seeking comfort in another person, Paulie, and through that they had a child. The child's development affected everyone involved. Juno's relationship with Paulie was very off again and on again. She acted as if she did not want a relationship with him but once he spoke to another girl, she was
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