Parenthood film analysis

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603485883 Introduction The movie “Parenthood” represents several types of families. For instance, there is a two-parent biological family represented by Gil and Karen and their children, and also Nathan and Susan and their daughter Patty. The single-parent family is represented by Helen and her children, Julie and Gary, and also by Larry and his son Cool. Julie and Todd represent the committed-partners family for a large portion of the film. Because Gil, Susan, and Helen all live nearby and are close to their parents, the family as a whole represents an extended family. Within all of these families are different theories: family systems theory, symbolic interactionism, and dialectical theory. The family systems theory is where individuals come together to form relationships, this creates a larger and more complex interaction than the sum of the individuals. This is called a system. A family system is built on the interaction patterns of the whole. Symbolic interactionism focuses on the connection between symbols, or shared meanings and interactions, or verbal and non verbal communication. Families are viewed as social groups; interaction fosters the development of self and group identity. The dialectical theory asserts that in any relationship there are inherent tensions between contradictory impulses of dialects.
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603485883 Relationships are defined and shaped over time by the ways in which partners manage the contradictions or tensions. The entire Buckman family, extended and otherwise, centers around the dialectical theory. Each family within the extended Buckman family is struggling to raise their children the “right” way because they aren’t happy with how they were brought up; they want their children to be better than them. Gil and Karen are dealing with a “problem” son, and Nathan is so caught up with making Patty a child genius he forgets about spending time with Susan. Helen is struggling to communicate with her two children, and Larry is in debt and trying to support his
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course HDFS 370 taught by Professor Branscum during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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