Ernest J. Gaines said "There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those controlled by the past". Boyz in the Hood definitely put a lot of truth behind those words. After watching the film you have to ask yourself a series of questions: Which plays the larger role in your upbringing environment or nurture? Can an old dog be taught new tricks? Do you have complete control over your life? I will attempt to answer the questions with great detail while remaining as unbiased as possible.
Based in South Central Boyz in the Hood is a real life depiction of what growing up in a under privileged neighborhood will do to you. Tre stayed with his mother until his preteen years hit because she knew that she was incapable of turning a boy into a man. Luckily he had a father that he was fortunate enough to lean on. In the African American community a fatherless child is not unheard of, whether the daddy becomes a prisoner of the state or just an uncaring deadbeat. Priorities of some men do not involve taking care of their own children. This was the case for Ricky and Doughboy. Though all three youth were from un-pleasurable communities, how they were treated at home played a more influential role in their upbringing. Tre believed in himself because his parents believed in him. He understood the power of being a leader and the damage of being a follower. Rick had his mothers support, love, and care starting at a very young age. He had nurture. Doughboy had only himself and his friends to lean on. So being a part of a gang was the thing to do. After all, they were the only ones who seemed to care. He was definitely stuck in identification assimilation.
At a young age Doughboy was belittled by the only parent that he had. Though his friends and brother treated him as an equal the verbal abuse he was accustomed to I'm sure played a huge role in the direction of his life. Sense greatness was never instilled in him as a young boy;...
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