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How do you love when your heart’s filled with fear? How do you forgive when it’s so hard to forget? The story of African-American Antwone Quenton Fisher “Fish”(played by Derek Luke) leads people to ask these kinds of questions. An important person in his life being his psychiatrist Dr. Jerome Davenport (played by Denzel Washington) from the navy helped Antwone with his issues and anger by being there for him to talk to and release all of his stress and pain that he has held inside throughout his life. Through the abuse, abandonment, and struggle still Antwone becomes a strong successful man. Despite minor changes, the movie Antwone Fisher is a realistic portrayal of the young mans life; the director changes details about Fisher’s life because the movie stresses Fisher’s relationship with his psychiatrist and is explained through flashbacks of his life, while the book is based on Antwone Fisher’s entire life and has many more characters and important people that were in his life.  

            Antwone Fisher was born in prison in Cleveland, Ohio to Eva Mae Fisher, which was only seventeen years old. Antwone never got a chance to meet his father who was shot and killed by a former girlfriend two months before he was born. Within a few weeks after Antwone’s birth, he was assigned to an African American foster mother by the name of Mrs. Tate (played by Novella Nelson) who mentally, physically, and sexually abused him for fourteen years until he had enough and got into a fight with Mrs. Tate and left. Mrs. Tate also had two other foster children, Dwight and Keith who Antwone became close friends with.

At the age of 17, Fisher was expelled from his foster home. Fisher was then placed in a reform school in Pennsylvania. Since he would turn eighteen before the end of his senior year he passed all of his required courses and got to graduate a year early. After graduating Fisher’s plans were to save up enough money to go to art school but he ended up working for a...

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