GERMAN: MEINE FAMILIE SPANISH: MI FAMILIA FRENCH: MA FAMILLE Family Means Everything. By Victor Rios Arabics: اسرتيITALIAN: L A MIA FAMIGLIA Japanese: 家族 Korean:가족 Chinese: 家庭PORTUGUESE: MINHA FAMÍLIA
What is a family? My DefinitionFamily doesn’t have to be blood related. It isthose that surround you, support you, love you,care for you, and are willing to be there for youwhen you need them. Time doesn’t break thebond and neither does distance. Family meanseverything.
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The Griffin Family-of-OriginThe Griffin Family is a hilariously odd family of middle-classNew Englanders living in Quahog, Rhode Island. Peter, 43,and Lois, 41, are happily married, with three children: 17-year-old Meg; 13-year-old Chris; and 1-year-old Stewie.Completing the family is Brian, the family dog.
Enmeshed Family; the Griffin Way.The children, besides little Stewie,look up to their parents. Peter andLois are involved in their children’slife, whether it supporting Chris’ artor keeping up on Megs lack of sociallife.Balance within the family is achievedby discipline. For example punishingStewie or grounding Chris and Meg.
At Times Disengaged As with all families, things aren’t always butterflies and rainbows which creates a very disengaged family. For example when Meg dated a convict without the family knowing; Chris running away from home to avoid high school; Lois taking diet pills when she modeled; Stewie leaving with Brian in search of who he thought was his real father; and Peter avoiding spending time with Lois by going scuba diving or bee keeping in the middle of the night.
Peter Griffin Peter Griffin (43) is the man of the house, but only by default. He speaks with a thick New England accent, and acts like he is smarter than everyone else, but really hes clueless. He spends his free time drinking at the Drunken Clam with his buddies, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe. Peter currently works at the Pawtucket Patriot Brewery. He is married to Lois, the woman he instantly fell in love with, when he first saw her one summer working as a towel boy. How Lois deals with his shenanigans is unknown to man.“Ive got an idea - an idea so smart that my head would explode if I even began to know what Im talking about.”
Peter’s Roles, Responsibilities and Patterns • “Bread Winner” Peter keeps the family afloat financially. • Mentor and role model for his children; even though at times his behavior and actions aren’t appropriate. • His shenanigans keep the family on their toes and life interesting and fun. • Intimate Partner with Lois.
Lois Griffin Lois Griffin (41) is Peters wife. She comes from a wealthy family and married Peter against their wishes. Lois is a piano teacher, singer, and stay at home mother. Shes considered to be a very attractive woman, which is proven by her short-lived career as a model. She may be more sophisticated than Peter, but occasionally she shares his low brow humor and lustfulness; as well has addictions and kleptomaniac episodes. Even with that said, without her, the family would fall apart; she provides a voice of reason and sense.“Together we can do anything: face any foe, overcome any obstacle.”
Lois’ Roles, Responsibilities and Patterns • “The Glue” Lois keeps the family together, while keeping her sanity in check. • Manages daily needs and is the source of nurture for the family. • A strong mentor and role model for her children. Although rare, her behavior and actions can be inappropriate. • Intimate partner with Peter.
Chris Griffin Chris Griffin (13) is Peter and Lois eldest son. He takes after his father, so hes not the brightest light bulb, but he is a talented artist and rock singer. He admires his father and follows blindly into many of Peters shenanigans. Like most boys his age, he doesnt understand girls, enjoys watching television, playing video games, and painting.“Look! GI Joe, Transformers, Thunder Cats, He-Man. Yay! Those shows existed!”
Chris’ Roles, Responsibilities and Patterns • “The Apple doesn’t fall far…” Chris is very much like his father and looks up to him, and they have a great father son relationship. He helps keep the family lively. • A mentor and role model for his younger brother Stewie… not to follow. • Kinship bond with his siblings.
Stewie Griffin Stewie Griffin (1) may be a baby, but he is as diabolical one. Amazingly at such a young age he has developed the abilities to speak and read; and is highly intelligent, technologically savvy, and always inventing something. According to Stewie the whole World is against him, especially his mother Lois, who he has tried to destroy many times, but has failed. Although the family understands him, they ignore his aggressive comments as silly baby talk. Also interestingly enough, Stewie has an inner turmoil and confusion about his sexuality. He has fallen in love with girls, but seems to have homosexual tendencies that even he insinuates in his comments and thoughts. Because of all this, little Stewie gets in all sorts of adventures and life lessons. He is a baby that’s growing up fast. All in all though, Stewie is a baby and like many babies he needs his mommy“Damn you all!” occasionally and is very attached to his teddy bear, Rupert.
Stewie’s Roles, Responsibilities and Patterns • “The Baby” A family isn’t complete without a loveable baby. The family thinks Stewie is so sweet, innocent, and helpless. Little do they know… • Very strong friendship and bond with Brian, the family dog. They experience a lot together. • Innovated and creative always working on some kind of plan or contraption. • Kinship bond with his siblings.
Brian Griffin Brian is the Griffin familys dog. He seems to be the wisest and most sensible of all the characters. He’s treated like a one of the family members and is Peter’s best friend; he also loves Lois. Oddly enough he spends his days drinking cocktails, writing, reading, dating dumb blondes, or singing. He and Stewie are usually against each other, or drawn together, somehow by an extreme circumstances, such as road trips and occasional invention mishaps. And Brian usually has to sort things out when Peter gets into trouble. Peter probably wouldn`t survive without Brian.“Hey barkeep, whos leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here? ”
Brian’s Roles, Responsibilities and Patterns • “Man’s Best Friend”- A family isn’t complete without a family pet; and Brian fills those shoes. He is Peter’s best friend and brings the family together. • Very strong friendship and bond with Peter and Stewie. • Support and a shoulder to lean on for the kids when they can’t go to the parents, and vice versa; or Lois and Peter can’t go to each other.
Meg Griffin Meg Griffin (17) is the only daughter of Peter and Lois. She is frequently the butt of the familys jokes; yet she has bonded with the each family member at one point or another, even though they won’t admit it. She is considered to be unattractive and a loser. Although she was given a chance to shine as a star when she had a makeover and became the lead singer for the family’s band, it was short lived. Like many teenage girls, she is confused at times and her feelings bottle up, thus causing her to act out sometimes in anger or lust; for example when she had a crush on the neighbor and Peter’s buddy Joe Swanson.“Oh you know from my boyfriend, Prince William, I got this beautiful watch, and this diamond tiara, and a sceptre...” [goes crazy and runs away crying]
Meg’s Roles, Responsibilities and Patterns • “Nobody likes Meg”- The black sheep of the family. • The familys punching bag, if any member of the family is feeling down; Meg is there to help them feel better, but unfortunately her self esteem and emotions pay the price. • Elder sibling, attempts to be a mentor and role model for her younger brothers, Stewie and Chris, but they don’t respect her or look up to her. • A source of conflict, because she is the black sheep with bottled up feelings.
The Many Layers of the Griffin Family• Each member of the family is effected by each others actions or events, some more so than others. Creating a Family System of Interdependence. For example, when Peter decided to be a fisherman, with no experience, and was lost at sea with his buddies. The family thought he had died.• Within the family-of-origin there are complex relationships, systems embedded in the family system that is understood by each member; such as the parents having authority, respect, and power over the children.
The Many Layers of the Griffin Family cont.• The complexity of the family system may be seen through multiple subsystems. Every family contains interpersonal subsystems made up of two or three persons and the relationships between or among them. Also, coalitions can form. For example when Stewie and Brian have their adventures, when they went around Rhode Island, in search of Rupert; San Francisco, in search of Stewie’s father; the North Pole, in search for Santa; or when they were in the army and spies. As well as Stewie’s invention mishaps, such as going back in time to Germany to save their neighbor Mort; and traveling randomly through Multi Universes, such as the Disney universe and the “real world” universe
What is a Family with no Conflict?Conflict: is an expressed struggle between at least twointerdependent parties, who perceive incompatible goals, scarceresources, and interference from the other party in achieving theirgoals.The Griffin family is no stranger to conflict, both physical andmental. From Peter’s ongoing fights with a giant chicken, Stewiebeating up Brian for money owed to him, to Chris dealing withpuberty and fighting pimples; physical conflict finds its way into theGriffin Family lives.Mental conflicts are constant, such as when Meg dated a convictshe had to keep it from the family (toxic secret); when Peter feltunattractive, so he had plastic surgery. When Lois got fat becauseshe felt unattractive; or when Brian felt unwanted because thefamily got a new dog.
Conflicts Resolved No matter what problems arise, the Griffin Family finds a way to resolve it as a family or as individuals; through competition, collaboration, compromise, or accommodation.• Peter, 9 times out of 10 needs a collaborative effort when he has a conflict, he doesn’t have the mental capacity to solve issues.• Lois seems to always compromise a lot within conflicts with Peter.• Chris just goes with the flow, so his conflicts are usually solved because they accommodate the situation.• Stewie is competitive with his conflicts.• Brian uses them all; doesn’t use one more than the other.
Conflicts Resolved cont.Since Meg is the family“punching bag”, the majority ofthe time she deals with conflictscalled Covert conflict orsometimes called “guerrillawarfare” since feelings arehidden and messages areunclear. This is unhealthy andsometimes family memberscover up the hurt or expressanger indirectly. This was bestexpressed when Meg went toprison for harboring a fugitiveand came back a completelydifferent person. She releaseher years of anger on the family.
The Bond that will never BreakThe Griffin Family conflicts maybreak their bond momentarily,but it will never break their bondpermanently.The Griffins share valuable timetogether and create newexperiences as a family. Fromtaking trips to New York, theGrand Canyon, and camping; tojust spending time at home,telling stories about their familyhistory, or creating stories forentertainment, these experiencesbring the family closer and build astronger bond with every event.
Works Cited:Galvin, Kathleen M. & Brommel, Bernard J. (2000). Family Communication: Cohesion and Change (5th ed). Addison Wesley Longman, IncFamily Guy Official Website @ http://www.fox.com/familyguy/