TV - 1 Idealism Meets Reality The portrayal of the ideal...

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Idealism Meets Reality The portrayal of the ideal family has changed over the years, but still retains the same basic values. Many view the ideal family to still have roots in the Cold War era of the 1950's. This model family is characterized by a wedded couple with a few children living under one roof (Gyapong). Usually the father provides for the family as the mother raises the children, who attend school everyday. The parents rarely find the children in much trouble and the family operates efficiently. The family life is affordable, simple, and friendly, with non-working mothers baking fresh apple pies (Hoffman and Jaquez). The father returns home after a decent day at work and is greeted by his loving wife and kids. This is what many have come to believe is the true ideal American family, but this is far from the present day reality. In today's world, morals have declined and so has the amount of ideal families. Most families have two working parents, making stay-at-home mothers an oddity. Many families might have mixed siblings living under the same roof from different parents. Often the effectiveness of the working family has diminished, creating a dysfunctional household. Compared to the children growing up with both parents and a stay-at-home mother as a caregiver, children of divorced parents may suffer from the family split. Lower academic performance and wrong moral choices could result from this added stress. Children who find themselves lost while dealing with school and the many tribulations of growing up may not have a supportive parent to turn to for guidance. Teenagers are sometimes caught participating in underage drinking, sexual activity, and drug abuse, activities that the ideal family of the 1950's would probably not encountered. Television programs have also evolved with the changing family and moral values. It is notable to point out that television was first introduced publicly around the 50's and 60's. At this 1
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time and in the early decades after, shows such as "Leave it to Beaver" and "The Brady Bunch" depicted the ideal family. The plotlines of these shows revolved around relatively small disturbances in the normal flow of the day which the characters almost always overcame. Today
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Stewrt during the Winter '07 term at California University of Pennsylvania.

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