The protagonist in the movie Precious manifested many of the major issues that
adolescents go through. For one, she had low self-esteem. In her words, Precious described herself as an “ugly black grease, need to be wiped away” (Daniels, 2009). On her first day in Ms. Rain’s class, she didn’t think that she was good at anything when her teacher at her previous school knew very well that she was very good in math.
It could be assumed that her low self-esteem was caused by the way her mother
treated her. Her mother constantly beat her, treated her like a slave, and forced her to eat. Her mother said demeaning words to her and belittled her. As Precious surmised, “Momma said I can’t dance. Plus,