Childhood Predictors of Violence in Barry Levinson’s “Sleepers”


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Childhood Predictors of Violence in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers"
No child should experience major trauma. Unfortunately, many times adults are helpless to protect children from trauma, abuse and neglect. Though many try to stop these terrible experiences from happening to the nation’s children, it is hard to stop every case of childhood abuse. This abuse commonly will affect a person in their adulthood. Sleepers, a film directed and adapted by Barry Levinson from the novel by Lorenzo Carcaterra, is a piece that shows the effects of a traumatic childhood on individual’s adult lives. Four childhood friends- Lorenzo "Shakes" Carcaterra, Thomas "Tommy" Marcano, Michael Sullivan, and John Reilly- grow up in Hell’s Kitchen together in the 1960’s....
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..... support from their friends, relatives and community in a positive way. Instead, their community helped them seek revenge. Every individual deals with trauma differently, but according to research, there are healthy and unhealthy ways of dealing with childhood abuse. Unfortunately, anger, violence and blind action often comes in the way of true healing. Had these characters gotten the help that they desperately needed through their community and therapy, they probably would have lived longer, healthier and happier lives. Unfortunately, the trauma that the characters in Sleepers suffered affected them in different and negative ways.
Works Cited
Taylor & Francis, 1995. Finkelman, Byrgen. Child Abuse: Short and Long Term Effects. New York: