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House, M.D. Essay

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Since the turn of the twenty-first century, many societal changes have taken place. Old fashion tendencies have become irrelevant and societal boundaries are nonexistent. Cultural advancements such as women’s rights, gay marriage, abortion, and other controversial issues are now accepted among most members of society. As old-fashion boundaries are falling from beneath our feet in today’s progressing society, man struggles with determining his identity as an individual and as a group. The television series, “House, M.D.,” serves as a dilemma in which the detective, Gregory House, struggles with determining his conclusions about society and the nature of man. The show itself stems from the roots of the detective fiction genre. Traditional detective fiction served society in that it highlighted cultural anxiety towards the unknown as well as poverty. Now that these are not relevant issues, modern day detective fiction, such as “House, M.D.,” has adjusted its themes into a demonstration of society’s needs. Viewers can come to their own conclusions based on House’s findings and are provided with answers on the nature of man and society.
As traditional institutions have weakened, today’s media has been charged with carrying the burden of organizing public opinion. Mass media such as fashion, news, magazines, radio, and popular television series often convey society’s views on a broad number of topics such as politics and religion. However, now American culture has become relatively accepting to many different opinions. Society no longer has a set of boundaries that are deemed ‘appropriate.’ Therefore, the reflected image in the media has become a large maze of topics and unrelated ideas. “House, M.D.,” provides a common ground for all viewers of many ages. Gregory House not only solves medical cases, but he also is in the midst of a much larger case; trying to solve human nature. House is often considered to be sociopathic and narcissistic; he criticizes social etiquette for lack of rational purpose and usefulness, he is equipped with a dry, acerbic, almost cruel sense of humor, and often lacks emotions such as joy and empathy. This lack of understanding is what drives him to question human nature, allowing viewers to then walk with Dr. House through his findings and conclusions. “House, M.D.,” stems from a very old line of themes which lead all the way back to detective fiction.
“House, M.D.,” shows evidence of its origin from detective fiction through use of the themes such as the all-knowing detective, the Holmes and Watson relationship, and the person/persons who are not as smart as the detective and are used to highlight his characteristics. The creators of Gregory House created an obvious relation back to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character, Sherlock Holmes. Not only are their names similar, but they both also struggle with drug addiction, are arrogant about their deductive abilities and even have the same apartment number. Holmes’ loyal friend...

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