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Theme Event Precious

Theme Event Precious - the bold decision of pursuing her...

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Vanessa Reapor Ethnic Studies 112, Section 05 March 12, 2010 Theme Event: Precious For my Ethnic Studies themed event, I watched the movie Precious based upon the novel, Push. The protagonist, Claireece “Precious” Jones, is an illiterate and obese 16 year old from Harlem, New York. She resides with her physically and mentally abusive mother, Mary; and was impregnated not once, but twice by her own father, Carl. Precious is therefore suspended from school, and is forced to attend an alternative school. At this new school, she finally learns how to read, write, and finds inspiration from her teacher, Mrs. Rain. However, when Precious later discovers her father died due to the AIDS epidemic, and therefore learns she is HIV positive. At the end of the film, Precious makes
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Unformatted text preview: the bold decision of pursuing her General Educational Development (GED) test, and live at the half way home with her two children: Abdul and Mongo. This movie presented a lot of key topics we discussed in class. For instance, the Assimilation Theory of higher education. In order to rise above poverty, Precious pursues to attend school. However, her own mother rejects her beliefs of a higher education, and continues to antagonize her. Robert K. Merton’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Theory was also prevalent in the film. Precious is consciously playing out her social construction by stealing food, breaking into her school, and viewing herself as unworthy. All in all, I really enjoyed this film, and I highly recommend it to anyone! Ticket...
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