The Tv Series Shameless Is Based On Working Class Family That Lives On The South Side Of Chicago

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The TV series Shameless is based on working class family that lives on the South Side of Chicago. The show is based off the dramatic and chaotic life of the Gallagher family. The family of six children depend on the oldest sister, Fiona, to take care of the family due to the absence of the mother and their incapable alcoholic father who comes and goes as he pleases. The unstable family has to cope with the struggles faced with little money and learn how to take care of themselves and also each other. In this paper, I claim that the show Shameless represents the stereotypical ideas of the poor class through the main character Frank Gallagher, for he is portrayed as a lazy, alcoholic father involved with criminal activities. In the following pages, I will provide include research and background information on previous studies that have examined class stereotypes in media. Then, I will explain the claims that I found in the TV series Shameless. I will specifically focus on the class stereotypes that emerge through a specific character, Frank throughout the episode.
The specific episode I will be analyzing for my paper is Season 1: Episode 7, which is mainly about Frank owing two men $6,000. He forms a plan of faking his death, because he doesn’t have money to pay them back. Also, Fiona spends a night with her boyfriend at a hotel and Ian has to handle a bully who keeps on stealing from the store he works at. The main focus is the negative stereotypes of poor class associated…

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