Yea it really does suck a bit, but I get to do Arrested Development so I am not complaining that much...lol.
Wll here is the Arrested Development part of my report...hope it gives a vague idea of what I have to do.
To What Extent Does Society Influence Family Relationships?
The Western American Society also has a negative impact on the Bluth family in “Arrested Development.” This society dictates that success is important. Because the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) believe George Snr has been involved with shifty account practices and making illegal model homes in Iraq without enough sufficient evidence, they lock him up in prison. This therefore interferes with the relationship of his family as he is unable to spend time with them. It was quite a shock to George Snr but for the rest of the family they just gasped when they found out there is now a “halt on the companies’ expense account.”
As Michael slowly builds on the company and creates a status worth being proud of society reflects this through a show called “Mad Money”.
“Old Man Bluth’s in jail. I think his son is running the company. Doesn’t seem like a total moron to me. You know what? I’ve had this thing as a triple sell, and I’m upgrading it, right here, right now! I think this thing could even go as high as a “Don’t Buy.”
This quote shows that the American society is noticing the hard work of Michael they have influenced him with and has caused him to spend so much time from his family. However, at this stage it is not a negative influence, it is more positive as when his son hears the news he has a happy reaction and feels that it is “really happening.” He will be able to spend more time with his father.
How Are Family Relationships Affected By The Expectations Of Society?
On the other hand, the Bluth family caves in to societies expectations, affecting the family immensely. Because Michael is now the president of his dad’s company, he is constantly working to keep up with the American Societies expectations. This then drags him away from his family most of the time showing that work is more important. Michael tries very hard to stay away from societies expectations but keeps getting reeled back in. This is shown during his son, George-Michael’s, spring break. George-Michael ends up working with his dad for the majority of his break until Michael realizes what he has done. Taken the fun away from his son to try and make him feel better. One other example of when work seems to get in the way is when Michael promises to take his older brother, GOB, to the “cabin in the woods” stacked up underneath the carport. In the end, societies work expectations get in the way…again, and Michael has to tell GOB “something came up” and dash off back to work. Lucille and her daughter, Lindsay, have a relationship where society expects them to keep up with a high standard of living. Lucille has to find ways to continue living in the penthouse while her husband is in jail and the “company expense account” is frozen. Lindsay continues to spend money on items and clothing she does not need such as a “cream with real diamonds in it” for “only $400 a tub.” Buster, the youngest brother, has the hardest time keeping up with societies expectations b having his mother volunteer him “for the army just because the fat man dared her to.” This puts pressure on his relationship with his mother as they are very close. He is continuously away from home ‘pretending’ to training for the army, causing his mother to become very “lonely.” Lastly, when Maebe accidentally cons her way into a job as top movie executive by lying about her age, she is forced to live up to their expectations by keeping her real age a secret and read over various movie scripts. She starts out doing ok but finds it difficult hiding her age by saying “marry me!”