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As a societal unit, the family institution has become more individualized thus negatively impacting society’s future. From the 1930’s to now the family has disintegrated into a “unit” with no unity.
Looking in on the family structure of 1930s, one can see a dramatic change in the views of the family. The early 1930s saw a lot of destruction which equally affected society and the family. Families were losing touch with each other. Life was consumed with the stress of money and survival. Where divorce was sparse because of cost, “husbands deserted their wives in record numbers” (2001, “The 1930s). Mens roles were redefined during this era. Men were to be “strong, hard working m[e]n who supplied the needs of his family” (...). Family life during this time was positively portrayed in movies and the media. In 1939, James Stewart starred in John Cromwells “Made For Each Other”. This movie proudly tells the tale of a young man and wife who deal with life's struggles. In one scene, Johnny Mason (James Stewart) tells his mother he and Jane have gotten married;
Mrs. Mason: “I wish you every possible happiness and joy. I think perhaps I’d better go to bed. I’m all right. I’m all right. I’ll find a place to live, of course.”
Johnny: “Some place to live! Well, of course not Mother, you’ll stay with us. We’re, well we’re going to find a new apartment. We’ve talked this over and Jane’ll insist. Won’t you darling?
Jane: “We couldn’t think of anything else.” (Frankin).
This scene plays out just as it reads, a typical 1930s family with a young son who just got married and wants nothing more than his mother to live with them. Nowadays it’s considered taboo to have parent(s) live with a young married couple, unless in dire situations. Overall mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, stuck together and provided loving family homes during the 1930s.
Today no family is depicted, in the media, as the traditional family no wife is greeting her husband at the door with a hot meal. The 1950’s held great changes for the family. Wives roles changed into supporting her husband in every aspect, husbands roles changed very little in that they still were the major source of income for their family. Image A provides a great media example of the dynamics of the family. A smiling mother and young child, father and child taking a picture of them. This advertisement portrays the common structure of the 1950’s family.Structurally the family “consisted of a breadwinner father, homemaker mother, and several children” (Bishop). The ‘50s saw what we today guide back to and attempt to resemble the “perfect family”, which contrasted to the 1930s family. Over 70 percent of households had a mother, father and the several children, while the 1930s saw disrupted family life early by divorce or just separation (Mintz).
Media is the largest indicator of what life was way back when. Although produced in 1991 the film, “The Man in the Moon” embellishes the life of a family in 1957 and a coming of...

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