Family Discourse in Animated Series

Tsapro, Galyna and Sliepushova, Anhelina (2022) Family Discourse in Animated Series Закарпатські філологічні студії, 2 (25). pp. 71-75. ISSN 2663-4880

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Family is defined as ‘the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children’. This definition reflects the image of the family in the animated series American Dad!, F is for Family, and Family Guy. There are two traditional parents in the series and two or three children. All families have pets, which make them correspond to the portrayal of a typical American family. Despite the fact that families belong to different historical periods (F is for Family represents a family from the 1970s, while the families from two other series belong to our times), the patriarchal style of family is predominant in each of them. This style is presented in a satirical way, often in an exaggerated one, and the viewers witness all disadvantages it may cause. The husband-wife relationships go through numerous tough situations, which makes the animated series even more realistic and close to a portray of an average family. So, husband-wife relationships are built and, if they are not ideal, the spouses try to sort the problems out. Parent-children relationships are portrayed as a failure. Parents prove to be either completely indifferent to their children’s problems, ignore them – both children and their problems – or help in such an odd way that makes the situation even worse. Animated series seem to be aimed at underlining existing complications in parent-children relationships and urging the viewers to review their own relationships with children. Family communication styles depicted in the animated series are the following: authoritarian, liberal-permissive, helicopting (towards a spouse) and detached. The last type is mostly realized in parent-child / child-parent communication. Consequently, family discourse is characterised by misunderstanding, confusion, frustration, though there are some episodes in all three animated series when the families represent a unit having the common goal and acting as a team.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: family discourse; animated series; American Dad!; F is for Family; Family Guy
Subjects: Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Це архівні підрозділи Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Факультет романо-германської філології > Кафедра англійської мови та комунікації
Depositing User: Ангеліна Ігорівна Слєпушова
Date Deposited: 10 May 2023 12:54
Last Modified: 10 May 2023 12:54

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