Film analyses: “Genie: The secret of the Wild Children”
Genie is a wild child who found in LA on 1970, she is a very extreme case of neglected the caretaking from adult. Her father believed she is retarder She spent her first thirteen years on tiding at the potty chair and still wearing diaper, she had never see, listen, being taught of anything in her life. For the past many years she had been isolation and lack of adult care make her the way she is right now.
According to the George Hebert Mead’s integrationist theory; Mead (1934, 1964a). During the preparation stage, child had no self-present, however, they imitates the action of others, for example; when adults cry the child cry. During the play stage, child is developing the sense of self-present. They start to rakes the role of a single other, as if he or she were the other. The game stage is the last stage under Mead’s model, the child ...view middle of the document...
Genie also has a big attraction on some glass of liquid. “Language is a key to human development”, after successions of learning the language, Genie able to use words to express what she wanted, even though it is not a complete sentences but it is very obvious she is in a process of learning language. She tends to be good at the vocabulary of colors and the adjectives, but for some reasons why she have a problem to build up simple sentences without grammatical problem. “We have language is out gene, we have language because of nature, not just nurture” said Chomsky. Genie’s father believed that she is mentally retarder, but I don’t think the same as he did. I can see Genie had a process in learning and the understanding in human speech; it might not be optimism, at least she is in a process, and that means she is capable to learn, doesn’t mean she is retarder.
In my opinion I considered this case as exploitation for several reasons. First, as we all know Genie is a very special person; she is nothing different between a babies, her mental is very week and know nothing about the world. I believe the physiologist should not be contempt the harm of the separation, Genie had been isolated for almost thirteen years. There must be a certain difficulties for her to rely on people that she meets, however, they never thought of the result of what would she become without their big invest on her. The psychologist and linguistic abusive to use the power on the research of Genie. While the National Institute of Mental Health funding the project all the professional still have the passion of it; but then the institution cut off the funding, the psychologist, scientists and linguistic relatively failed her. This proof that they only treated her as a experiment in science. She had been treated just like the same as she was in her last thirteen years, but now what they did is unhelpful to Genie. We all have to admit that we have a desire to know what‘s going on in her first thirteen years of life, however, I believe we should give her more attention and not trying to research anymore about if a child still can learn language after a certain age, also, treat her like a human being.