Juno - Lindsey Sames

Recap of Movie
Strong Characters
Juno MacGuff
Juno’s Personality Traits
Paulie Bleeker
Mark Loring
Juno’s Self-fulfilling Prophecy
Mark’s Self-fulfilling Prophecy
Problem in Perception Process
Language in Identity
Language in Juno’s
Relationship with Bleeker
Slide Number
Juno Macguff is a 16 year old teenager.
She gets pregnant by her best friend and
unconventional boyfriend, Paulie Bleeker,
unexpectedly after one night of experimenting.
She finds adoptive parents, Vanessa and Mark Loring,
who seem happy and ready to be parents.
Near the end of her pregnancy, Mark, whom Juno
has grown very close to, announces that he wants a
Vanessa is heartbroken and Juno is at a loss what to
do with her unborn child.
In the end, Juno gives Vanessa the baby, and Paulie
and Juno find comfort in their relationship with each
Mark Loring
• Main character
• 16 year old pregnant teenager
• Juno’s untraditional boyfriend
• Also her baby’s father
• Adoptive father
• Vanessa’s husband
Juno was very much the same
when she was by herself of with
other people. She was blunt and
had her own communication style
no matter who she was around.
Juno managed her identity by
dressing one of a kind, talking in a
language with humor only few
people understood, and
surrounding herself with friends
that were similar to her.
The biggest self-concept that
Juno changed in the movie was
going from thinking she was just a
16 year old girl who knew nothing
about being an adult to making
one of the hardest decisions any
person, adult or adolescent, can
make in a lifetime- the life of her
•She wears what she wants
•She says what she wants
I see both fearful and anxious/ambivalent attachment styles.
•Fills Bleeker’s mail box with orange Tic-Tacs
She seems oblivious of the generalized other’s reflection of herself.
His public self is very much
the same as his private self.
He’s shy, quiet, and
Bleeker’s mom was an
overprotective mom that
made him be more shy
and easily bossed around.
His and his mom’s social
perspective are different.
I think that Bleeker’s self
concept remains the same
throughout the movie, if
anything, changing only
be being more himself,
rather than what people
think he should be.
Mark’s public self:
Happy, loving, loyal, responsible
Happy making commercials
Wild, musical
Wants to try new things
Not ready to be a dad
Feels trapped by Vanessa
He molds to the person he thinks
Vanessa wants him to be.
He has his rooms full of his rocker past.
Mark’s Private self:
He manages his identity in two ways.
When Mark meets Juno he is
introduced to a whole other identity
script. One where the rules are to be
whoever you want to be no matter
who is judging. This changes his whole
Using self-disclosure he explores his
expanding self-concept with Juno.
Possibly exploring his Self-Actualization
Everyone around Juno sees her as a weird
› Her dad and step-dad make comments about
how weird she is and how they expect it of her.
› People stare at her in the hallways
So Juno carries out this prophecy by being
› She dresses odd
› She talks odd
› She finds friends that are similar to her
One side of mark is perceived by
› He is the caring, loving, responsible husband.
› He keeps all of his unconventional rocker
past souvenirs in closed rooms.
The other side- perceived by Juno
› He is introduced to a whole other self-
 One where it is okay to be different.
 Where he can live out his musical dreams.
Bleeker’s misperception of Juno’s behavior.
› Bleeker’s perception of Juno’s outbreak at him
by the lockers at school was to automatically
think Juno was just being jealous.
› Juno’s hormones are all off balance, she feels
self-conscience, and unworthy of being
Bleeker’s prom date.
Bleeker thinks Juno is mad at him, but really
Juno is just hurt and feeling unsupported.
The language that the younger generation used in the movie
was very abstract and unusual it really magnified the
uniqueness of Juno and her friends.
By using odd symbols as language, people’s social
perspectives of Juno and her friends being different than the
their perspective of a normal teenager heightens.
The odd words, symbols, and humor that
Juno and Bleeker use creates a direct
connection with each other.
 They created their own speech
Strong Characters: Juno, Paulie Bleeker, Mark Loring
Juno’s self-fulfilling prophecy is what makes Juno
unique and weird.
Both of Mark’s self-fulfilling prophecies make him be
two different people. In the end he finds which one is
Bleeker sometimes misperceived Juno as being
mean, but it was just her way of showing that she was
The language and dialogue in the movie created the
mood of odd and magnified Juno’s unique
Juno and Bleeker had their own speech community,
which strengthened their relationship.

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