Analysis Of Christopher Elliott 's `` The Great Gatsby `` By F. Scott Fitzgerald Essay

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When recounting his childhood, Christopher Elliott, now 56, orates countless chaotic tales with a tone of tranquil reminiscence. Raised by a single father after his mother died in 1968, Chris grew up in Miller Place, New York alongside his 9 other siblings in the 1960s and 1970s. His unique family dynamic led Chris and his siblings to find independence and quickly develop a distinctive personality detached from societal expectations. The individualism found within the Elliott household was largely absent in other households across the nation. Many of Chris’s peers lived in a home modeled after the male breadwinner phenomenon Stephanie Coontz describes in her book Marriage, a History. The emphasis on cultural scripts within the male breadwinner family model suppressed individuality and that suppression ultimately played a role in the outpouring of support for anti establishment and alternative lifestyles in the 1960s and 1970s. Once it was time for Chris to establish his own family at the turn of the century, family life in America had largely abandoned the male breadwinner model in favor of family arrangements that tailored to the specific circumstances of each family, thus implying a certain prescience to the dynamic he grew up with in the 1960s. By exploring alternative families like the Elliotts in a period where strict family life was the norm, we can better understand alterations in the typical American family dynamic and the rise of the modern family. In Marriage, a

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