The Real Animal House

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Larson 1 The Real Animal House By: Sean Larson Professor Lundquist Sociology 103: Social Problems 3/27/2008 Sean Larson Professor Lundquist
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Larson 2 Sociology 103: Social Problems 3/27/2008 The Real Animal House You walk up a rundown house with music blaring from inside, people passed out on the front lawn, and cars parked all over the place, figuring it would be the place to party on that thirsty Thursday night. Walking into the house you see letters on the walls and all of a sudden, smash! A bottle shatters on the door next to you and you are covered in beer. People are stumbling around spilling their drinks and passing out wherever they can find a spot. This is a scene from one of the most famous movies of our generation, Animal House . Because of this movie many people who haven’t yet graduated high school and begun their college careers already have an idea of what Greek life, mainly fraternities, are like. This even has a push on how people in college depict fraternities, seeing that the fraternity is part of that college. Animal House shows what everybody outside of Greek life thinks a fraternity is all about, which is drinking and partying till 5 A.M. but that’s not true at all. It shows the stereotypical life of a fraternity, not the actual life. Greek life for years has been scrutinized and stereotyped for the things that happen only a few days out of the month. What about all of the other days that exist in the month? Greek life has a huge “behind the scenes” that nobody knows about or even cares to know about. They do this because they don’t know it exists since they don’t give Greek life a chance and judge every fraternity and sorority equally. “Greek life is all about parties and drinking”, hall-mate Mike Murphy says on a Thursday night in the dorm room. Many people give off the feeling that Greek life has a negative effect on college campus and is a problem. The problem with what people are saying is that they are saying it with a biased opinion. They don’t know everything that goes into
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Larson 3 each fraternity and sorority, not to mention Greek life as a whole. The subjective social problem that I’m trying to bring out in all of this is the stereotype that Greek life has because of the people that put it there. Just because they have a bad experience with Greek life, either they denied a bid to join or get removed from a party because of the way they acted, doesn’t give people the right to place the stereotype that fraternities are bad and just about parties, there is more to it than just that. The same is true for the objective social problem, it’s not fair to stereotype something when people don’t care to know anything about it except for the aspect they want to know. The people that are a part of Greek life consider the stereotyping as a problem. This is
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