This movie takes place in South Central Los Angeles California where a crippling neighborhood sits just next to some of the wealthiest neighborhoods in California. It is in this documentary that they study how such a poor community can exist and how crime has riddle the streets to stay a community. The beginning of the movie talks about its once thriving area. There was this informal social control in which people could connect with one another. At one-point communities thrived on big businesses like Firestone and Chrysler but when these companies shut down and moved elsewhere these people with blue collar jobs could no longer get an education and were left with no opportunity to succeed.
Richard Louv states, “in nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy; a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace” (Louv, 7). In my opinion, the author is trying to convey what nature means in a child’s point of view. For example;
This change in perspective represents an adolescent’s realization on poor life decisions and the desire to move forward. The use of nature instead of visuals that are man-made are also important in relation to the story because when the line, “This was nature.” was first used, it was referring to the ugly side of mankind such as sex, drugs, and alcohol. Though setting was previously stated as the most important literary element, theme also ties nicely into the message the story is trying to make as well.
John Singleton’s film, Boyz N the Hood, displays the challenging upbringing of adolescents who have to live with harsh conditions around not only their home but also their surrounding town. The film compares the differences between the lifestyles of Tre Styles and his friends’, Darren and Ricky Baker. Darren and Ricky are half-brothers who are nothing alike. Singleton demonstrates the importance of male leadership in a home in the ghetto of Los Angeles by comparing the difference between the lifestyles of Tre and his friends. While many adolescents in the hood have close friendships, some form close relationships by assembling gangs and create a world of violence due to alcohol abuse, which together ultimately breeds discrimination.
How well does Moore describe the culture of the streets, where young boys grow up believing that violence transforms them into men? Talk about the street culture—its violence, drug dealing, disdain for education. What creates that ethos and why do so many young men find it attractive? Moore describes the culture of the street in a very detailed manner.
These spaces are marked by a particular street culture and show the complexity of how inequality has helped to create and maintain these places. Sanyika Shakur grew up in South Central Los Angeles, which he deemed the “concrete jungle battlefield of the Crips and Bloods” (Shakur 1993). This is viewed as a place existing
She explains Kirk Avenue as “opioid heaven,” and claims that the street used to be beautiful. Williams states that when she was a kid that everyone on the street used to be a family and care for each other, while today, nobody cares for each other. Lord includes a video of Ms. Williams explaining how she used to enjoy her neighborhood, however, now it is not the same as it used to be. The reader watching a video of an individual who has dealt with the neighborhood changing from being peaceful to “opioid heaven” gives the reader hope that if it was once peaceful, that in time, it can be peaceful again. Lord includes another video of a family living in a Carrick apartment and the horrible situations that they have had to deal with.
The adult world is a frightening and complicated place. It is an ugly place full of torture, wars, and so much more. If I was given a chance to go back to childhood, I would certainly go back. Childhood is the most precious time in one’s life when valuable memories are made and shapes you into who you will become. It is the time when you are mindless, lacking in responsibility, and innocent.
It seems illogical for a child living in the poorest and worst urban areas to feel a sense of inspiration to go out and strive for a better future when everything around him represents the idea that the government does not want him to succeed. These impoverished
I was a child once and I probably still am considered one, but I have emerged out of the innocent stage of childhood, a period so dear to my heart. I believe that everything we are, everything will ever be is ingrained into this phase of our lives, which inevitably will mark us forever. Throughout the book Bad News Bears in Breaking Training wrote by Josh Wilker the reader gets an insight to the author’s childhood and the way he links it to the movie The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training produced by Leonard Goldberg.
Some people might argue that a child’s upbringing forms the child’s foundation of life. It forms the child’s identity and its view of life. The upbringing of children is a wide concept because it is never the same. The question is if there is an edge between upbringing and torture. The intention of upbringing is indisputable – you want your children to have a great life and a great future, but perchance certain ways of educating children can cause more damage than good.
My story of my childhood is not to get pity from anybody; my story is empowering! The struggle and the hard times of my childhood gave me the desire for more. My mother inspired me to fight for what I want, to struggle for what I need, to dream for tomorrow because it just might be a little brighter than today and to make the not so bright days’ worth