Character Analysis Of Norman Lear

955 WordsSep 19, 20174 Pages
Living by the restrictions that society places upon us, humanity is constrained to follow rules. Television writers were forced to write a certain way and were forced to leave out information that society would deem as improper, rude, and even racist. However, in 1971, a groundbreaking American television sitcom broke through societal boundaries and transformed the way that the American audience viewed television. Engulfed by the Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, fight for women's right, and the Watergate scandal, Norman Lear persevered through stereotypes and entertainment norms with his show All in the Family. This show approached its audience in a very blunt and crude manner; it made conflict the center of its comedy. It dealt with contemporary cultural issues in a relatable way, which blue allowed blue-collar workers to learn about their current everyday issues and concerns. Through his show All in the Family, Norman Lear highlighted sensitive topics such as racism, bigotry, and sexual relations to prove that they are still alive in our country; thus, Norman Lear is an agent of change by bringing awareness to social issues. Born in 1922 to a very atypical family, Norman Lear had to become very independent. Norman Lear’s father, Herman, was a conman who was arrested when Norman was nine years old. In an interview with PBS broadcast journalist Jeffrey Brown, Norman relives the moments of his dad’s arrest, recounting the time when a man came up to him, pat him on his shoulder, and uttered “[Norman] You're the man in the house”(Source). It was at this moment that Lear realized the foolishness of the human condition. He wondered what kind of person would place such a great responsibility on a nine year old child, especially during times of hardship and sadness. What made Norman Lear’s childhood even appalling was that he could not rely on his mother for support; everything Norman did was only satisfactory in her eyes. To escape his unsupportive life, Lear enlisted in the military and became a fighter pilot during World War II. After completing 52 combat missions, he headed west in an effort to make a social impact through writing comedy. After impressing his colleagues, he was hired as
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