Homer Simpson A Typical American Male? Are American Males Really Turing Into Homer Simpson?

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Matt Groening changed television forever when, in 1987, he brought the Simpsons to the FOX network. People all across the country enjoyed these hilarious animated series, and, that same year, it was given the Fox's Emmy award. Main characters of the Simpsons reminded American audience of themselves, showed them what they look like in the others' eyes, and did a great job using humor to show the flaws of modern American culture. Simpsons reveal many interesting aspects of modern American culture, one of them is the stereotype of lower middle class, middle-aged, married white male in America. The character's name is Homer Simpson. He cheats, lies, plays with people's emotions and uses others to accomplish his personal goals. For example, Homer is constantly using his next door neighbor, Ned Fladers. When Ned bought his TV stand, Homer borrowed it from Ned, telling him it will only be temporarily , when, in reality, he never gave it back to poor Ned. Another great example would be that of Homer using medical insurance to buy a new hair tonic, and it works, consequentially he gains confidence, gets a promotion and begins to succeed at work. He reminds me of lazy, uneducated, dishonest, easy-going-through-life people, whom I have met in my own life. I meet people just like Homer Simpson practically every day and because there are so many of them, it has turned into a stereotype of lower-mid-class family men in America. Like any other typical American male, Homer wont miss an opportunity to get rich when he sees a chance to. That is why when Mr. Burns hits Bart with his car, Homer gets a lawyer to sue for a million dollars. Also, in the "Blood Feud", Homer wants to use Bart's rare blood type to save Mr. Burns Life; naturally Homer also expects to reap great rewards doing it. In "Lisa The Greek", Homer cashes in on Lisa's uncanny ability to pick football game winners. In "Flaming Moe", Moe's tavern becomes a hot nightclub, featuring an appearance by Aerosmith, after Homer creates a new drink sensation, which Moe claims as his own creation. In "Mr.Plow" Homer purchases a snow plow and goes into business for himself to help pay for it. He becomes popular for his plowing; however sparks fly when his best friend since high school, Barney, gets a plow and sets up a rival operation and eventually ruins and takes over Homer's business. Finally, in "Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment", Lisa witnesses her Mayor and Senator taking bribes. Homer is no exception when he gets an illegal cable hookup. All of these episodes reveal that money has tremendous power in America, that even breaking the law for personal gain is OK, as long as nobody knows about it! Episodes "Flaming Moe" and "Mr. Plow" reveal that men in America value money more than friendship these days. Even your best friends turn on you and are ready to destroy your business because of money. All these facts prove that the stereotypical male in America will do almost anything for money, even brake...

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