Precious essay (Dhanesha).docx - Bhatti 1 Dhanesha S Bhatti Mrs Fitzgerald HHG 4M0 6 October 2016 \u201cPrecious\u201d Human Development Essay An individual

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Bhatti Dhanesha S. Bhatti Mrs. Fitzgerald HHG 4M0 6 October 2016 “Precious”- Human Development Essay An individual who suffers through physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse, may have wounds and bruises that are deeper than anything visible to others. One might heal physically from the abuse, but might fail to recover emotionally, socially or morally. They might never recover adequately enough to move on with his or her life. This concept of issues with human development relates to the 2009 American drama film “Precious,” directed by Lee Daniels. The main character, Claireece P. Jones, is an overweight, abused and illiterate 16-year-old who is pregnant with her second child by her late father, and enrolls in an alternative school in hopes of receiving education and an improvement in her and her children’s life situation. Through these experiences, Precious is affected not only physically, but also emotionally, socially, intellectually and morally. This influence on her development is portrayed through positive and negative factors such as her life situation due to poverty and abuse, the help that she received from the community, and how her previous lifestyle will affect her later in life. This close analysis of Precious’s struggles and how she overcomes these difficulties, can be used to study and relate certain human development issues to theoretical perspectives such as Erik Erikson’s Theory of the Eight Psychosocial stages, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and Lev Vygotsky’s Socio-Cultural Cognitive theory. One of the first reasons as to why Precious has been affected developmentally, is because of being exposed to an unhealthy and abusive life situation, due to family inflicted abuse. In the 1
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Bhatti first place, Precious had endured sexual and physical abuse at a young age, as her father violently raped her and got her pregnant for the second time. Also, her mother inflicts physical, verbal and emotional abuse, as she constantly depicts aggression, a controlling behaviour, domestic or physical violence, and taunting. Both these family relations and inflicted abuses have lowered Precious’s self-esteem and have deprived her of the affection or support required for proper emotional development. As explained by Precious, “Love ain’t done nothing for me… but beat me…rape me…call me an animal! Make me feel worthless! Make me sick!” (Precious, 2009). To add on, Erik Erikson’s Theory of the Eight Psychosocial stages supports this idea, as Precious has always been undermined, not supported, and mistreated. According to the preschool child stage, her initiative or potential was always discouraged. She was constantly reminded that she is worthless, and this would have made her reluctant on developing a sense of initiative and confidence in her own ability. Due to her inability to resolve this crisis, Precious would have developed a sense of guilt, which would last till later in her life and affect her emotionally.
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