“Precious” by Lee Daniels, and “The Color Purple” by Steven Spielberg, display struggles on various occasions but also presents what happens when you weather the storm. Daniels presents a main character whose relationship seems to prosper from confidence and direction, while Spielberg seems to demonstrate overcoming struggles by backbreaking work and patience. Despite this difference, the movies allow for aspiration that its possible to overcome for a better outcome. However, is it possible to weather the storm long enough to come out of a atrocious situation?
Matters not how awful it may be the desire to want to become more comes from ones self. In the movie “Precious” directed by Lee Daniels based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire is about a girl who is only 16yrs old goes by the name “Precious” who lives in New York City in the ghetto side of “Harlem” with her abusive mother “Mary”. Precious was raped by her disgusting father who ended up with two pregnancies. The family depends on Welfare since Mary is unemployed. Because of her second pregnancy the school she once attended decided to send her to another school in which she met a new teacher and friends, Ms. Blu is the one who teaches her how to read, write and understand so many things in life.
In the movie it shows how with the care of the Ms. Blu and Precious new friends she made in the class “Each One Teach One” from going to having a baby on your kitchen floor to having it on a bed at a hospital. From feeling invisible in a classroom to communicating with everyone and feeling there. From being able to talk to someone after being almost killed by your mother it’s just comforting. Ms. Blu not only just teach Precious many meaningful things she was also there helping her get through so many things she was dealing with, she gave her a place to stay, teach her, fed her even helped her with Precious son “Abdul”. Ms. Blu a educated lady who was a teacher own a house and was in a healthy stable relationship was there helping Precious through the whole way, if the school would of never moved precious to a different school she would of never met Ms. Blu would of never have had the balls to stood up to her mother have the courage to tell her she was wrong on the way she thought.
Without the help of Ms. Blu Precious would of probably never have hope into becoming something, try to move forward in life. Although Precious found out she was HIV positive, she shows she’s strong enough to keep moving forward. At the end of the movie they show Precious with both of her kids moving on forward, with all the ups and downs she lets go of all that and look forward for a bright future. In the movie “The Color Purple” directed by Steven Spielberg based on Alice Walker’s novel. This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the 1900’s.
We first see Celie, when she is 14 – and pregnant – by her father. The film continues by her growing up and showing the awful obstacles she goes through from loosing both of her children, to getting beat by her “husband” up to losing her dear sister. Celie who’s played by Whoopi Goldberg sadly gets married to Albert a much older man who’s played by Danny Glover. As the film progresses it shows how Celie gets separated from her sister “Nettie”. A few months pass by and Nettie comes to Celie house and stays with her for a few weeks but sadly gets kicked out by Albert because of her not letting him have sex with her.
As the year progresses Celie grows up taking care of Albert childen her not knowing of hers nor her sister Nettie. Nettie had promised she would write, sadly Celie never got a note. Years go by and Harpo played by Willard E. Pugh marries Sofia played by Oprah Winfrey. Celie then finds strength in Sofia and Albert’s love Shug Avery comes to live with him and Celie. With sickness, Shug initially regards Celie wearing a face mask as “ugly” when they first meet, time goes by and they eventually become close friends and Shug helps Celie raise her self-confidence.
Celie also finds strength in Sofia, Sofia has also suffered abuse from the men in her family, but unlike Celie, she refuses to tolerate it. But because of that lack of tolerance Sofia ends up going to jail because of her punching a white man. But thanks to Shug, Celie many years later finds out Albert has been hiding all the notes Nettie has sent her all those years it has passed. She so happy keeps them and reads them which gives her the courage to leave Albert and stand up for herself against Albert.
She then leaves him and opens up a shop in Tennessee, she also receives an amazing house by her real father. who later she finally gets back together with her sister Nettie and two kids Adam and Olivia thanks to Albert who watches from a distance smiling at the fact Celie is happy. In conclusion this movie shows the problems African American women faced during the early 1900s, including poverty, racism and sexism. Celie is transformed as she finds her self-worth through the help of two strong female companions.