Essay on Analysis Of ' The Secret Life Of The American Teenager '

1338 Words Jan 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Season 3, episode 14 of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, entitled “Rules of Engagement,” has led me to a new understanding about the choice to have Amy and Ricky break up in the series finale episode. The word engagement comes up in the relationships between Amy and Ricky, Ben and Adrian, and Anne and George, Amy’s parents. The latter of the three couples, however, ends their engagement to be remarried, while the two former have just begun a courtship that leads them to become engaged. Nevertheless, these two relationships also end after the couples realize that they are not in love and only got married because they thought that they were in love but were really remedying an unplanned pregnancy. These two couples parallel the four lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, believing that they are in love with one person, then switching partners, and finally breaking apart because of marriage rather than coming together. This comparison highlights the elusiveness of love, a dominant theme in both the play and the show, while the show reveals the desire to commit to a marriage for the sake of children despite not being happy or in love. Ben gives Adrian a $50,000 sapphire ring as a “friendship ring,” but both his and Adrian’s parents see the ring as a promise to eventually marry Adrian. When Ben’s father, Leo, tells Ben “you’re marrying [Adrian],” the present progressive construction of his statement suggests the inevitability of them getting married. Later,…

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