This essay is a peek into the tragic lives of Dewayne Pomeroy and his incarcerated father. There was no one to guide Dewayne in this crucial and formative years of his very young life, except perhaps for his older friend Jack, upon whom he relied a lot. …
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According to the research findings people always have an interesting story to tell. This applies to the high and mighty as well as the poor and downtrodden. However their story is told and whatever their situations or circumstances, it is always a story worth telling. In other words, one cannot just derisively be dismissive of a person's life story, no matter how insignificant it might seem. This essay is the story of two outstanding characters in a short video documentary (92 minutes) which portrays the darker sides of American urban life. It shows how American youths lead their lives on the underside of America as victims of society. Young people roam the streets of U.S. cities due to their broken families. Homelessness has greatly complicated this problem. It is discomfiting, discomforting and disorienting an experience to be a homeless person. The lives of homeless people exemplify what Emile Durkheim had theorized about a failure to attain aspirations, his theory of anomie, that produces most of the deviant behaviors in desperate people. A streetwise young person learns how to live each day without much resources but in some intelligent ways, manage to get by amid all the surrounding decay, despair and drugs. A documentary like this one follows the lives of several people during the course of their lives as they go about their ways hustling, haggling and struggling. It surprises how they managed to survive with all the negative elements. This documentary is sort of an eye-opener for most people, since the events and people in this short video film are in America. It sort of disabuses the mind of viewers about the hidden sector of American society composed of the homeless. This essay is a peek into the tragic lives of Dewayne Pomeroy and his incarcerated father. Discussion In any story, there are always characters who are interesting enough to stand out and in this documentary video, the two characters I had chosen are Dewayne and his father. There are many other characters within the short film but I found these two people to be interesting above the others. In this connection, the reason I chose them is the close bond between them, as father and son, but their relationship is abnormal. A father in prison and a runaway son is not normal under any imaginable circumstance, but the two people somehow tried to inject a semblance of normalcy within their tragic situations. His father had high hopes for him and in a similar manner, also for himself, once he gets out. But a situation where the father is absent is not conducive to any normal development for any boy, and this was the case with Dewayne. There was no one to guide Dewayne in this crucial and formative years of his very young life, except perhaps for his older friend Jack, upon whom he relied a lot. Dewayne - he is a young teenager and a runaway, the product of a broken home. He was chosen because most of the narrative in this documentary had revolved around him, how he ended up in those streets. He went away without any or predetermined destination, except that he was going to a place that is far away from home and used his own wits to survive all the time, getting a lesson in life. It is symptomatic of the stories of his street friends too, how they left home because of unhappy or dysfunctional situations at home. Their narratives are almost the same, in contrast to what Leo Tolstoy once famously wrote, “all happy families are the same, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” In this documentary, most of the street kids have been unhappy in a way; otherwise, they would not have left home. Dewayne is one young lad who was wise beyond his years. He had, however, retained his very youthful innocence in some ways but had become a hardened person despite the many friendships he had formed. He became distrustful, never able to completely trust the people he loved. His father had lectured him on his prison visit in which he hardly listens at
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