Essay on Myth of Model Family

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Myth of the Model Family The image of the model family is breathtaking, a housewife-mother, a breadwinner father, a couple of kids and a pet or two. This is the dream of most Americans but at the same time is a cliché. “The “traditional” family… has existed for little more than two hundred years” (18). This idea has been so widely accepted due to the attention that it has received in the media. Like Gary Soto in “Looking for Work” the perfect family misleads people into thinking what is truth and what is fiction. Of course the truth is that there is no such thing as the “perfect” family. One family cannot represent all the variation of families all around the world. The universal nuclear family is the same with the stay-at-home mother, …show more content…
For example, Soto’s idea of his family being perfect came from him watching Father Knows Best. It gave him the idea that there is a certain way a family should act that he “so much wanted to imitate it” (26). Every one has his or hers own definition of what a family is. Soto’s idea of a family, was given by the media, not his own idea. In Soto’s family there was a difference between the American family and other families. Soto’s family ate “beans and tortillas in the stifling heat of [the] kitchen” (27). A perfect family would have turkey for dinner and apple pie for desert. Like Soto we often see other people’s families differently than we see our own. In other words people can be “blinded” to the truth of a family. People have said that a person deprived of sight “see” what the naked eye can’t. Yet they may not have the physical sight but have another kind of vision. The vision of seeing what they want to see. Many Americans only see what they want to see and not what is really there. This in turn goes back to the media who gives us this picture of what is and what should be rather than what really is. In conclusion the perfect family is nothing other than a dream that Americans have. The dream if not having to worry about the image that they give off or the way they act. Ultimately there are many myths about the perfect family, but it is up to the person to choose whether to follow some ones vision of a

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