Feminism In The Movie Crooklyn

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Lee’s works have been proven to be innovative in the sense that it covers most, if not all of the issues that arise in the black community. This statement is evident especially when he created one of my favorite films, Crooklyn. This is a film that goes into the “ideal” life of African Americans in the seventies. The most important idea to notice in this film is feminism. Feminism is so broad and shown in narrower topics that relate to it in this dramatic work. There is the importance of a mother-daughter relationship. The lack of an equal respect for both men and women. Lastly, the way the black community perceives themselves and others of their race. Women, especially black women, are portrayed in a negative light to where it seems that they …show more content…
It is ironic that women are often perceived as weak individuals although they demonstrate characteristics that should make people perceive them as strongest. Women deal with childbirth that men have yet to feel except in simulations. Only a woman can give a man life, yet women are still disrespected. We as women, do have the power to stand firm and voice our opinions. Men will only do what we allow them to do, which is why we have to respect ourselves and understand that it is okay for us to choose better. Some women seek a romantic relationship with a man so desperately because they hunger to nest. Some never had the guidance to know that they should wait on the Creator to find that person for them, only He will give us what is meant for us, and if it is meant to be then it will. Generally, most women give too much of themselves and are eventually left alone. “Women’s work” was something that was installed into our minds as we played with our baby dolls and toy kitchens as children; we start to believe that is our purpose in a marriage. We get older and have the strength to go to work, cook three meals a day, be intimate with our spouse, and still make sure the children are doing as they are told. Marriage is about having a partnership, but most men do not see it that way which leaves women feeling unappreciated for their efforts. The woman is supposed to do everything and according …show more content…
Troy may be nine years old, but she is wise enough to know that there is an unequal distribution of work. Her mother makes her go to the grocery store and Troy does not want to go. Troy is embarrassed that they have to use food stamps although they are not supported by welfare. She, however does it anyway because her mother needs her help. Troy has another time to where she does as told. She has her tenth birthday coming up soon in the summer and her mother wants her to spend the summer with relatives so that she can be around a different environment. Troy returns home early, after a bad experience with the southern lifestyle, and is told at the last minute that her mother has a sickness and is in the hospital. Troy talks to her mother in the hospital and says to her mother “Mommy, you work too hard-I can start helping you-I can cook and clean- I don’t care if nobody helps me” (Crooklyn). Carolyn looks at Troy as if she is capable of being responsible and taking care of home especially after she just told Troy to watch out for her youngest brother. Troy returns to her father’s brown stone and cleans it from top to bottom. That night the father comes home to give the children the bad news of their mother being sick from cancer. The mother eventually dies and Troy takes care of her youngest brother just as her mother instructed her to do in the hospital. Troy

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