1. Describe the characters of the family and their roles.Jay – Is a Dad and a Grand-dad, his role is to be the more masculine man of the family. Jay is married to a younger attractive women since he divorced his ex wife. Jay struggles to grasp the idea of gay couples and is a more traditional type of man. Jay has 2 children Claire and Mitchel and a step son Manny. Jay likes to be the boss of the whole family, and tends to never admit he is wrong.
The role of Jay is to represent the typical strict Dad that is rich. Gloria – Is a young, attractive, loud lady from Cuba. She is a typical girl who looks stupid just based on her looks. Gloria gets judged rather a lot, however, her husband loves her to bits, even though she does drive people the wall a lot. Gloria’s role is to be a eye candy for the audience, she is the entertainment for the family. Manny – Manny is a young boy, however, he acts like a young man, He is very sensible and is intrigued in the world. He plays a role of being a counselor a businessman, the nanny and many more. He is there for the other children when the adults aren’t, even though he isn’t the oldest.
Claire – Claire is a very bossy Mum, she loves to be in control, and cannot stand anyone else taking that control away from her. Claire is the stereotypical over protective and over controlling mum. Phil – Phil is very much like his son, he loves to play and is still very much a child at heart. Phil doesn’t usually get stressed, he doesn’t get worked up over things, he is the opposite to his wife. However, Phil does like pampering every now and again, and doesn’t understand girls, especially his wife. Alex – Alex loves reading, school, education, she is very sensible and doesn’t get along with her other sister Hayley. Alex’s school life is extremely important to her, she isn’t very popular and prefers to stay in the shadows.
Her role is to be the “nerdy girl” of the family. Hayley – Hayley is the typical teenager of the family, she represent she stereotypical 16/17 year old. Boys is all she thinks of, she sneaks out of the house, she drinks, she goes to party’s. Her role is to portray the teenag girl of today’s society. Luke – This young boy is really weird, wacky and typically childish. He takes after his Dad a lot, and he really enjoys being curious and doesn’t think twice. Luke’s role in the family is to loosen everyone up, he is at the age where he is still very much learning and just wants to play.
Mitchell – Mitchel is the business man in the relationship, he is the more sensible one that always wants to consider the pros and cons. He is the “masculine” gay man, the one that would have more control over the relationship and the financial decisions.However, Mitchell is definitely not the typical man. Cam – Cam is a gay man who is happily married with an adopted child, he loves Lilly who is very dear to him and loves to dress her up and make any occasion a big one.
Cam is the more dramatic one of the two and the one that is more in touch and open with his emotions, he loves to celebrate and make a big fuss of everything. Lilly – Is an adopted child, she is adopted by Cam and Mitchell a gay couple. She plays the role of being the cute child, however, the audience can see that she is a bit of a child maker. Lilly represents the cute, snobby child that gets spoiled. .
2. Discuss how families have changed over time.Families have changed over time as they are no longer the stereotypical nuclear family. Families in today’s society can vary largely, they can be a gay couple with an adopted child, they can be an old rich man with a young foreign attractive women, or they can be the strict mum, relaxed dad with 3 very different kids. Families have gone from being a set 2 parents 2 kids, it is now considered ok to be different, its ok to have a family that is different and individual. People in society have now become more accepting of different types of family structures.
3. Explore the family values and ideals presented.Within “Modern Family” there are various family values and ideals presented. Family values are presented in different ways between each small direct family, the values within all family’s is trust, they all believe that honesty and trust is the key to a happy and successful family. The ideals that are portrayed within Modern Family are the different family principles and structures. The families are all different in their own way, they have different ideals of the two gay couple, the normal ideal stereotypical 2 parent, and the older man and younger women.
The values of the family also do vary, with the gay couple believe that they should spoil there children, the older man and younger women believe that they should help Manny grow up and become responsible. Plus Phil and Claire believe the way to bring up their kids is the way their parents did, whilst trying to come across as”young, hip and trendy”
4. Identify the causes of conflict.The causes of conflict between the family members of modern family is that they all have different views and opinions, values and beliefs, this meaning that are constantly clashing, and continuously coming at different angles. Thus, conflict being caused.