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"Boyz in the Hood": Film Analysis

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Steven Wilson

on 8 June 2015

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"Boyz in the Hood": Film Analysis
Trey learned from a young age that his neighborhood was dangerous and he would have to face it some day.
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In the 1991 film “Boyz in the Hood”, Trey Styles, was a 10 year old, Black American male growing up in South Central, Los Angeles, California during the 1980s

He was active, in seemingly good health, and was the only child his mother Reva (in graduate school) had

Trey’s father was in his late 20s and worked on a community level with home loans- the two were separated but remained communicative in order to co-parent Trey

The movie follows the problems and influences that face Trey on his way to adulthood in the dangerous environment he lives, with his father as his moral and ethical guide

Despite their best efforts to effectively raise Trey, both parents resided in less than friendly neighborhoods that ultimately exposed him to a number of risk factors (alcoholism, crack epidemic, crime, discrimination, ethnic stereotyping, gang culture, gun violence, illegal drug trades, oppression, police brutality, prejudice, racism, and unemployment)

Collectively these social elements influenced his development and contributed to his functioning, as well as, the way he coped with the stress

Other Influences
Nobody influenced Trey more than the man who he was sent to for a more stable upbringing, his father. Trey's father was a very intelligent individual, and saw through the weak and dying environment dominated by an 85% African American community. The clip below shows the type of things Trey was taught by his father, as he points out the problems with the ghetto neighborhood they are all trapped in and tries to open the eyes of the others in the area.
Trey is influenced by his father's constant attempts to keep him away from the gang life, but nothing caused more inner conflict within Trey more than his environment. Trey is stuck with a choice, argue and start a confrontation with a group of gang members(sticking up for his friends) or taking the lessons that his father had taught him and putting them to use.
Further conflict evolves when an earlier confrontation sparks a problem between Trey, his friend Dough Boy, and a group of local gang members (the bloods: seen in the red car and red clothing; usually a hat/bandana) which escalates very quickly- as normal in the neighborhood
Little did he know that there was tension everywhere, even the police of African decent treated everyone from the neighborhood like a criminal, or even worse.
Eventually Dough Boy convinces the group to "ride" (get revenge) on the gang members that killed their friend Ricky, luckily, Trey was stopped by his father.
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