Akeelah And The Bee Character Analysis

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· “Akeelah and the Bee” – central character – Akeelah "Akeelah and the Bee" is a spelling bee movie, but it is much more than that, it is a movie that adequately portrays the reality of most gifted students in diverse populations. It tells the story of a black girl, named Akeelah Anderson, who lives in inner-city Los Angeles, and attends Crenshaw Middle School. She is an 11-year-old gifted student, who is pretty young for middle schooler (she skipped a grade in elementary). Because of this difference in age she starts out with a disadvantage with her peers. She lacks self-esteem, has a substandard body image opinion of herself, and a constant feeling of “being more trouble” for her intelligence by her teachers. She is extremely intelligent,…show more content…
Akeelah demonstrates this trait throughout the movie. Her lack of confidence, one could say, is formed two-fold; one by her mother and the other by her school. Akeelah’s mother does not demonstrate confidence from the beginning. Her mother is barely holding her own life together, it is evident she feels her family continues this downward spiral (Akeelah’s brother and sister) and since Akeelah (who shows such promise, is skipping classes and failing certain classes), confidence is the last thing her mother encourages in her. This furthers Akeelah’s lack of her own skills and diminishes her thoughts of success. Her school is unsupportive to her needs and does not have strong enough students to help raise Akeelah’s confidence. Other students who know she is smart bully Akeelah. She denies her academic ability. Even after Akeelah begins to embrace her natural academic talents, there are those in the gifted community who do not embrace her. She comes from a poor school and has not had the training that some of the other children have had. We see this first hand during the first spelling bee when the “school bullies” are allowed to mock her after she won and was hit with a barrage of difficult words only missing one. This action only heightens her doubt, wounded her emotionally, and added to her lack of
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