Important Messages from Tyler Perry
By: Breyanna Jones “Everything that happens to you can work for your good if you let it” states Tyler Perry in his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Growing up, Perry had a really rough childhood from the time he was born, being abused by his father and not feeling the love within his home. Perry wanted an escape from this nightmare, so he decided to write plays and movies about his life. Family is Important I know how obvious this sounds and that this theme can be found in many movies outside of Tyler Perry productions. But I mention this one first because it is one of the biggest. Your family is important. Your family knows you in ways others don’t and they literally share your blood. In many of the Madea movies (and other Tyler Perry films), family members are constantly being brought together. Madea has her tough and (seriously) harsh ways of bringing her family together, but they sure do work. She never lets any of her family go about their life without helping resolve their issues or giving them a piece of her unforgettable advice. She does not beat around the bush and even though it may be hard to see sometimes, she always wants her family to love one another and respect each other. Your family will always be there for you when others won’t. This is a very important lesson that Perry gives us in his movie “Madea Family Reunion” and “Madea Big Happy Family.” Forgive and Let Go
Forgetting and letting go is another prevalent theme in the Madea movies. With all the drama and problems that the various characters face, in one way, shape, or form they learn to forgive each other and let things go. I carried around my past for a very long time and it began to get the best of me, until I asked God for forgiveness and was able to forgive myself. You forgive those who have hurt you, you forgive yourself, and you let go of the past and work on your future. Though you can see this theme in most of Tyler Perry productions, three of the movies that this theme is very obvious in are: “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Madea Goes to Jail,”and “I Can Do Bad All By Myself.” Each character has been hurt, has hurt one selves or someone else, and has to go through the many stages of forgiveness on top of their hectic lives. Do not blame others for your problems. Frankly, when we make mistakes, we immediately want to find someone to blame for them. We don’t want to look in the mirror and admit it to ourselves that we just messed up. It’s time to stop that. We are human and we were not created to be perfect. The sooner we can all admit that we cause the bumps in our road the better. It’s very hard to admit when your life ends up in a way you never wanted, but nobody forced us to do those things or act that way… we chose to do what we did. It takes effort and we have to stop settling
and do something about our life if you want it to change. This theme is very prominent in “Madea Goes to Jail” when Madea confronts another inmate who blames her father for why she ended up in prison:
“I can’t stand folks wanna be the victim. ‘This person did this so I’m this way.’ Everybody got a story. Your mama and daddy gave you life, that’s all they were supposed to do. No matter how good, how bad the life was, it’s up to you to make something of it. Suck it up and shut the hell up.” Tyler Perry has really valuable lessons throughout his movies, sometimes the most obvious ones we don’t always catch on to.Perry’s opinion is “What I have learned in this life is you can never be ashamed of where you come from.” We all go through things in life that can change us in some shape or form, however we allow that circumstance to build us and make the absolute best of life.