John Singleton's Boyz In The Hood

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Boyz in the Hood, a film written and directed by John Singleton presents a look into the lives of three young males living the Crenshaw ghetto of Los Angeles. The film focuses on the struggles which beset these young men as they try to build a life for themselves in this hostile environment. Presented are themes of family, racial discrimination violence among several others. However, what stands out is the role of the decent daddy played the character, Furious Styles. Though he still comes out at a decent daddy when evaluated based on the decent daddy characters in Elijah Anderson’s, Code of the street: Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City, he falls short in certain respects.
First of all, he takes on his responsibility as provider of his son Tre’s needs seriously and works hard to ensure that he is in a position to do so. In the film while he was having a conversation with Tre about his responsibilities in the home, he indicated to the boy that he had no need do anything in the house as his duty is to work and provide for him. He says, “I don’t have to do anything here except pay the bills, put food on the table and clothes on your back.” (Singleton, 1991). Additionally, like decent daddy in Anderson’s book, Furious Styles believes in the
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On the very day Tre arrived to live with him, Furious ordered him to clean the entire lawn off the leaves and to bag them all. That night he told Tre that it was time to lay down the rules and gave him a list of chores that he is to perform around the house. Furthermore, he uses every moment to give the boy advice on how to become a better person and to navigate through difficulties just as he had done and become a better man and father than his
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