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Film Analysis Of Akeelah And The Bee

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Film Analysis of Akeelah and the Bee Miranda Clark (5568546) Word Count: 1561 Brock University

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This film is about an 11 year old girl by the name of Akeelah Anderson who has a hidden talent of being a really great speller. However her environment around her seems to interfere with her ability to be more independent and focus on school. Her dad was shot when she was only six, her family ignores her for their priorities such as work, children, and friends. Akeelah joins a spelling being to avoid having to attend detention for her absences at school suggested by her ...view middle of the document...

The way that children depict themselves in the film is part of their self-esteem. Basing back to the lecture on attachments and caregiving, around the adolescent age, it is said that an adolescent’s self-esteem is based upon the

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relationship of who they’re communicating with. The relationship of self-esteem and it’s comparison between the communication of characters is very apparent in Akeelah’s environment. Her self-esteem seems to be increased when those around her that are more attached and support her for the things she loves doing. Not only do children display their characteristics in this film but we are also able to see their personalities when surrounded by adults

Children are capable of expressing various emotions in different environments. How do they react when they’re surrounded with adults? The way that children and youth interact with adults in the film varies dependant on which adult their talking to or the situation they’re facing. In the movie for example, Akeelah seems to back away from anyone telling her to join the spelling bee because she doesn’t want to. Her brother, Devon, says to do the bee for dad. Due to the fact that Akeelah is more confident when talking to her dad or even thinking of him, it relates to the article The Perfect Mother by Deborah Blum. The reading relates to this film because it talks about a cloth mother and how baby monkeys feel a higher sense of security and dependence if their mother is there for comfort. If their cloth mothers weren’t apparent or did not have a face, the monkeys wanted nothing to do with the object. “When a child is frightened or sick, it instinctively seeks that haven…this selected responsiveness in times of distress, disturbance or danger may be used as a measure of strength of the emotional connection.”(Blum, 118) In Akeelah’s case, it is apparent that before her dad passed away that he was like her cloth father. He was the one always around while she was growing up and it looks like he was her support for everything rather than her mother who seems to be less interested in how she’s doing in school. I think the reason for this is because she is the sole parent now trying to take care of several kids, especially since one is being negatively influenced by his peers, which makes her less available for the youngest child. Relating back to one of the lectures based upon forming attachments between families and caregiving, it is

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possible for fathers to be more attached to their children and to be caregivers even though father caregivers are often neglected. Another example in the film that makes a connection between two characters less terrifying is when Akeelah finds out that Mr. Larabee’s daughter isn’t around anymore. This part of the film relates to when our lecture was based up nature versus nurture. The lecture talked about how some nurturing and...

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