Galloway 1Morgan GallowayMr. McNeilENG 11016 October 2012 Raising Arizona Raising Arizona is a microcosm of the many types of familystructures that exist in the United States. There are 5 different family unitsthat I will identify. Each has opposite views on how they will live andmaintain. Some manage to keep good values and prosper but otherseventually die under the pressure of life and its harsh realities. Built on towell-balanced values are the families that learn to maintain and lead othersto great success. Families that use unorthodox or harsher disciplinarymethods most likely lead to harmful emotional problems and can lead socialproblems as well. In all families must have structure to maintain under themany pressures of society. The traditional family can be identified as a hard-working father, thestay at-home mother, and their children. This unit only works if eachmember maintains their workload and each has a strong emotional base. Thestress from outside forces is exerted on each subunit and will cause some to
Galloway 2feel as though they have a higher workload than others when in reality theirstress is in a different form, which is why a strong emotional base is needed.This unit is not exempt from problems but is the most admired by allbecause they band together and deal with a problem in a intelligent andefficient way. They get stronger from every issue they get over and loveeven more. Children born into this family feel more loved and have greatersocial skills. They also usually have constant economic upbringing, which isalso key to maintaining this type of family. Traditional families also focuson family values and honorable ways. Originating in the 1950’s this type offamily was the view of the American dream and what all strived to achieveat that time and what many still do today. It is the most sought after familybecause of its fostering nature that brings children together in a loving way.Designed to please all involved it was once the cornerstone of Americanculture. The second type of family is the single parent family with either themother or father being parenting force to one or more children. The reasonfor the transform from two parents to one is most likely the death of aparent. There are instances however where one parent must takeresponsibility of both because the other doesn’t feel the need to be there forthe child due to their lost love in their spouse or the child itself. This type of
Galloway 3family almost always leads to emotional problems in the child later becausethey did not receive they proper parenting from either the father or mother.Teenage pregnancies contribute the most to this family because either groupfeels trapped by the responsibility of taking care of child and withdrawsfrom the situation leaving the other with all the work of parenting the child.One of the positives of this situation is that traditionally in this type offamily is that parents and children more likely to help each other inhousehold chores and other issues (http://ezinearticles.com). The mostpressing need of the parent in this situation is childcare, which causes morepressure as opposed to other families with two parents. In the separation ordivorce of the parent’s issues of custody battles can arise and also causeemotional problems in children. This makes one of the parents the primarycaregiver where the child spends the most of their time, which can causestigmas between parents and children. In another situation adoption is viablethat younger parents chose because of their low financial state. In all singleparent homes tend to not be viable option for parents because of their effecton children. Another family type is the extended family where not only parentsand children live together. Grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins may parentchildren at times when their biological parents have died or cannot be there
Galloway 4to take care of them (http://ezinearticles.com). This places a large demand oncaregiverswho choose to perform these duties for extended families(http://en.wikipedia.org). Extended families can be seen in differentcountries or communities all over the world. This type of joint family oftenincludes multiple generations throughout the family(http://en.wikipedia.org). From culture to culture this change in the order ofcommand has many different meanings. Patriarchal families are one theseexamples in some cultures the son’s family lives in parents home. Thepatriarch or the oldest member of the family has the highest amount ofauthority and lays down the rules (http://en.wikipedia.org). Sometimes thegrandparent has the adult children move in with them. In the other thegrandparents move in with the adult parent this usually has to do with caregiving reasons. In extended families they enjoy certain advantages such as agreater sense of security and belonging due to the amount of family presencethat resides there. They tend to gather for family events in order to growstronger together and support emotionally and financially. Economics havebecome the prominent factor in the likelihood of living in an extendedfamily (.http://en.wikipedia.org) The fourth type of family is the childless family, which is whatRaising Arizona focused on. This family is group or couple who have for
Galloway 5whatever reason not had any children. The childless family is sometimescalled “The Forgotten Family” because they do not meet the standards thatother families have created. Childless families consist of a husband and wifeworking and living together. In Raising Arizona Ed could not bear children,which caused great sorrow to her and resulted in her crime of stealing a childto end her emotional pain. Adoption was an option but due to the systemtending to find the family with most chance of yielding a happy child, Edand Hi were not able to attain child legally. Their family structure wasflawed due to the fact that they did not have anyone to be responsible for,which causes some to take a different ways to maintain happiness. Many ofthese families take on pet ownership or an extensive contract with theirnieces or nephews to substitute as children. Hi and Ed’s act made them learnthat they must feel happy within them selves before they take away someoneelse’s. In the end they did stay together but only due to their love with oneanother. In other situations families choose to remain childless because theywould like to focus on their careers or the hobby of traveling. Childlessfamilies can exist happily but all must be secure in their happiness and notdepend on others to make them feel better. The last type of family is the older family. This is a family who choseto have kids in their mid-life which is around 40. The reasons for such a wait
Galloway 6are many. Many couples chose to have kids after their careers have solidfoundation, which is what my parents chose to do at about 34. Many seetheir 20’s as an age to experiment and experience freedom(.http://health.howstuffworks.com). At what age some feel they are not ablepsychologically to handle at the time. Many women feel they are not able toa mate able to handle fatherhood. There are many positive aspects to havinga child late. Parents at that age are at the of height of their earning power, sothe child has financial stability growing up. Having many life experiencesmiddle-aged parents are ready to be parents, they also have a sense ofidentity, which means they will not need a child to do that for them. Havinga child in midlife gives parents a sense of renewal. Adults have a real valueof life itself so they value time with their child at all times. There are alsonegatives about this parents at this age have less energy and wonder if theyhave enough energy to keep up with their kids. They wonder if they will bealive to see their grandchildren being born. They wonder if their values willbe the same as the child due to the schisms that eventually happen at aroundthat age. They also wonder if they will be burden early in the child’s life dueto their age difference (http://health.howstuffworks.com). Older parents havevery great advantages usually financial, and negatives due to energy loss asage increases(http://health.howstuffworks.com).
Galloway 7 In conclusion all families have different structures and differentorigins. Every family is centered on children and their overall happiness. Notmatter the origin the family has something that holds it together whether it isa unit or a single person. The ones that survive are those who focus onfamily values and unity. In all that I have talked about the film RaisingArizona is a microcosm of the many types of family structures that exist inthe United States.