In this documentary, the viewers see a child that had been severely battered and abused by her father Clark Wiley, as well as being neglected by her partially blind mother Dorothy Irene Wiley struggle to find a place in the world after she is found and rescued from her abusive home. During those several years of torment Genie was deprived of educational and physical interactions which seemed to be evident at the time of her rescue seeing as she could only utter twenty words that were instilled in her when her father lacked sympathy and had outrageous burst of anger, as well as in the way she walked with her head hobbled over and her arms close to her body at all times. At the time, young Genie was transferred to a children's hospital in Los Angeles where a study took place about the Developmental Consequences of Extreme Isolation headed by psychologist
Maya Angelou proceeded not to speak for the next five years in fear that others might die. Eventually she acknowledged her blamelessness in her sexual assault and the man’s death. Soon after she found that she had a talent with words and the same strength and attitude as her mother. At sixteen, she became pregnant with her son Guy and raised him despite her young age. She worked various jobs, until working as a prostitute, nearly losing her son, changing her ways, and taking up performing.
There was some difficulties with the move but she had appeared to be doing well. Then, she was removed from her psychologists care, and research on Genie stopped. The doctors and scientists did not have enough money or enough findings to keep going with the research. Genie was given back to her birth mother who shortly put her in foster homes because she could not handle the task of taking care of Genie. Due to the treatment of her in foster homes, Genie was scared to speak and she had regressed back to silence.
Have you ever wondered how teen parents live and survive in the world we live in today? Amanda was a teenage girl who didn’t mean to get pregnant. She found out when she went to the doctors for stomach aches. The next day she told her mother and her mother is very disappointed in her. After a few weeks went by, she moved in with her baby’s daddy.
I never really fully cried, but I did loose a lot of sleep after my grandparents death. My mother was worried for a while because I would not sleep and my health was beginning to diminish. She ended up taking me to the doctor and they declared that I was suffering from insomnia. There was no explanation, but I knew that I was still grieving my grandparents, it was the only way that I could; since no one would know that I would cry in the middle of the night. About a couple of months later, everything was beginning to go back to normal, I still do not have the courage to speak about my grandmother or grandfather without shedding a tear.
Nelly and her friends are in a play called “Queen Ester” they have long practices took them three months to make it right. While reading this it seems that Nelly likes to flirt and have a good time. Nelly talks about how she is going to live in Chicago and get singing lessons and doing different adventure, she tells her friend that she is engaged but does not where the ring on her finger but have it on a necklace. Nelly’s friend moved to Denver for collage but found out that Nelly was teaching sixth grade in Riverbend school when she graduated. Nelly was going to marry a person named Scott during the springtime, she decided to join a Baptist church, and she was going to be baptize.
The narrator tells how hard she constantly worked to support her family, but her daughter, she didn’t receive enough attention from her mother. The mother tried her best to be there for her daughter but had to be a mom to her other children as well. The narrator notices she isn’t very familiar with her child and when the teacher asked her to come in and talk about her daughter, causes the narrator to flashback on the past nineteen years. The fact that the mother can not answer simple questions with her child’s teacher, makes her realize that she didn’t spend an appropriate amount of time with her daughter, and regrets it. It took multiple comedy performances of the daughter’s act for her mother to go and see her perform.
A feral child is a kid who has lived in isolation from human contact starting from a very young age. They have little or no experience with human care, no loving or social behavior or any human language. I don’t believe that Nell would be classified as a feral child. She grew up with love and affection from her mother and sister, and interacted with both of them. The doctors assume she is mentally challenged because of the behaviors she displays, as well as not being able to understand or communicate with Jerry or Paula.
During Jeannette Walls’ years growing up, she often faces guilt and shame. Jeannette’s family has always been poor and struggled to get by. Jeannette’s parents rarely had enough money to provide food for Jeannette and her siblings, Jeannette had only a few articles of clothing, and her family did not have a stable home, and when they did, they lived in a home with no electricity or heat. Because of her lifestyle, she often felt shame and embarrassment, especially when she was bullied by others. Moreover, Jeannette feels the most guilt and shame as an adult.
In hard financial times, some women had to have many children to put more workers in the field. Also with the time period of no sex education and protection, children came without intention. For example, Henrietta had her first child just after she turned 14 herself (Skloot 21). This responsibility is in no way acceptable for someone that age to have and take care of a child. The pressure is no way suitable and requires her to adapt to being an adult.
After the second fever, she went deaf and wouldn’t talk for years and when she did start talking, no one understood her. Doris Jean’s parents were frightened with the news of Doris Jean being deaf. Doris Jean’s father left it up to her mother to really take care of Doris Jean. Her mother worked hard to know about Doris Jean’s condition and would read books about Helen Keller. When Doris Jean was six her parents took her to a school for the deaf and left her there.
She focusses on desiree’s story of how she tried to kill herself when she was 12, and went from a number of foster homes, and how that contributed to her adulthood poverty. she was raised by a single mother who was also poor and they didn’t always get along. “She was raised by a single mother, who was also poor. Metcalf says they didn 't always get along. And things came to a head when she was 12 years old.