incredibles2 - Fath 1 Brooke Fath English 106 Part B What...

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Brooke Fath English 106 Part B What is the Perfect Family? Is there such thing as a perfect family? Throughout the years many families aim to seek the qualities of the 1950’s family. According to the “1950’s Family Experiment”, an essay in the book ReReading America , people watched shows such as “Donna Reed”, “Ozzie and Harriet”, “Leave it to Beaver” and “Father Knows Best” to see how families were supposed to live and to get some reassurance that their family was moving in the right direction. This 1950’s family, also known as the “traditional family” is defined as a family containing a breadwinner father and a housewife mother that has two to three children. The family eats meals together, is involved in activities that benefit the community or participate in clubs and athletics, practices one religion, and strives for success and perfection. Is this really the way families are supposed to act? According to, the definition for perfection is something entirely without flaws, defects, or shortcomings. How can a family live their life without any flaws or disagreements? How can they live without any hardships or strife? Is striving for perfection like the 1950’s family the “normal” thing for a family to do? In the movie “The Incredibles” the family must strive to seek perfection in order to hide their secret identity as superheroes. When the family is first introduced in the film, they are displayed as the “normal family”. Mr. Incredible Fath 1
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has a job that sustains his family’s needs, providing his family with shelter, food, and other necessary belongings. The family lives in a typical middle class home in the suburbs consisting of an upstairs and basement and about three or four bedrooms. The house is decorated and designed very home oriented. The kitchen has a long table for the five of them to sit and eat a meal together. An island is placed in the middle of the kitchen for Mrs. Incredible to give her extra space to make and serve her meals. The family will sit and talk about their day together at the dinner table just like the typical American family. The family room consists of a TV, two couches, and a chair. Each child has their own bedroom in the house, and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible share the fourth bedroom. Mr. Incredible drives a little blue car to work everyday and Mrs. Incredible has a mini van for her daily activities such as running the kids to school and going to do groceries. The Incredible’s display an average “middle class” family. Because they follow the qualifications of a traditional family, their superhero identity is covered from the people of their town. Their identity as superheroes must be hidden because they don’t want to be considered abnormal to the people of their town. Mr. and Mrs. Incredible both agree it is best for their family to fit in with society, and forget their superpowers.
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