Social Learning Theory is another issue that is dealing with Menace II Society. Caine did learned how to mix and sell drugs as well as killing as he witnessed his father. Early in the film when Caine mentioned both his parents died, Parnell looked out for him as his only peer. Parnell was like a guide to Caine when he was younger. Years later Caine tried to teach Parnell's son how to shoot a gun but Ronnie didn't like that. Ronnie didn't want her son to be a gangster. Caine wanted to do all these crimes to impress his friends, if he will not do it all his friends will think he is a coward, a sucker or a bitch. The Hughes brothers were showing young audiences not to follow deviant acts or there will be consequences. Kane was not really a killer, all he does is follow deviant acts in his community and stay alive. If he breaks a norm with his friends, they will kill him. The Muslim guy Sharif, he tried to give knowledge to Kane about black history and encourage him with dignity. Sharif learned that from his father. There as a scene when the father of Sharif talked to Caine about living in America as a black man is not easy, he quoted, "the hunt is on and you are the prey." Caine didn't have a role model as a father to teach him discipline, responsibilities, manners, and respect. Caine and all his friends seemed they did not have respect for women either by calling them bitches and hoes. In the movie, that other girl Caine met which was Ilena. He only met her in one day and they both had unprotected sex and got her pregnant. Caine never thought about education. There was another scene I didn't mentioned was when Caine and Ronnie visited Parnell in the penitentiary. Parnell had an emotional conversation with Caine about taking care of his son Anthony and teach him how to be a man in a proper way. Parnell did not want Anthony to end up in jail or dead. Parnell want his part of life to be successful.
Social strain theory. It all started when Caine's grandfather asked him, "do you care you live or die". Caine replied he don't know. In one night, Caine and Sharif were harassed by white cops. They got racially discriminated, the cops threw them to east L.A. A Mexican gang found Caine and Sharif and send them to a hospital. Ever since that incident, Caine seem to care less about the rest of his life. Death seems to be stalking Caine. He was sitting in the hospital thinking about either moving with Ronnie or stay in L.A. Because of his parents who were never there to over sea his life, he seems to have a post-traumatic stress disorder. Its sad how there were no psychiatric therapy to receive treatment in his community. After all the years living in Wyatt, Caine is used to misfortunes and violence and that's his life. Caine wasn't more of a killer comparing to O'dog. O'dog takes everything personal. Like the beginning when he killed the Korean guy after he dissed about his mother and there was another scene when he shot and killed a drug addict after he asked O'dog for a blow job. O'dog was so rude and stupid, he keeps on showing the surveillance tape to everybody. He wanted to distribute to the entire neighborhood. In Caine's household, his grandparents encourage him with Christianity. But Caine did not want to get involved. Even though his grandfather preach, Caine always take it one ear out the other. There was another scene, Ronnie once again encouraged Caine to leave to Atlanta with her and Anthony during a goodbye party in her house. Caine still didn't care, said that moving to Atlanta will make no difference as a black man. However, there was a sudden moment he realized he want to move with Ronnie because he loves her. That moment, Caine was about to get out the strain theories and start looking ahead of his life. Caine loved Ronnie so much, he was protective of her when Chauncy was grabbing her, looked like he tried to rape her but Caine grabbed O'dog's gun and beat up Chauncy's face with it. Let's not forget that Caine was going to be a father to Ilena's upcoming baby. Caine was still having his strain theories as he don't want to be a father.
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