Abandonment in Juno
The movie Juno is a multiple Academy Award nominated movie which focuses on a teenage girl’s pregnancy. There are many instances of abandonment in this movie, although some may not be as obvious to the viewer as others. During her nine months of pregnancy she has many high points, but also just as many low points. She decides that abortion is not the answer to her problem (due to the fact she was informed her fetus already had fingernails), so she decides to give the baby to a family who has not been able to become pregnant themselves.
When we are introduced to the main character, Juno, we learn that she was abandoned by her mother when she was four-years-old. She also states that she rarely if ever sees her mother anymore, and all she sends to her are cactus plants for her birthday. You could argue that since she was abandoned at such an early age, she did not become as emotionally bonded to her like she might have had it been at the age of 16. Either way, losing a parent can be extremely hard to handle, no matter how or when it happened.
I might have felt abandoned by the parents she had also. When she announced to her dad and stepmom that she was pregnant, their emotions hardly changed at all. Her father was mildly surprised about the boy who impregnated her, saying “I didn’t know he had it in him.” Her stepmom started planning out how to handle this with products and preparations, but neither freaked out about the single fact that their daughter was pregnant! \ This not only caught me by surprise, but everyone else whom I was watching the movie with. They all commented about how their own parents would have flipped and either been screaming, crying, or a combination of both. I believe her dad and stepmom cared for her well-being in general, but that part just really threw me. I guess you could argue since they didn’t lose their cool it would be easier for Juno to handle the situation. I think it just depends how you are brought up...
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