Dysfunctional Family Dynamics And The Integral Value Of Dysfunctional Families

2994 Words May 10th, 2015 12 Pages
Examples of dysfunctional families can be seen everywhere in society - on television, in movies, in music, and of course, in literature. Many books have recently been published that include complex, conflicted families. The purpose of using dysfunctional families in popular literature is to make the story more relatable, show different views on the traditional family dynamic, and to spark interest with readers. These three intentions are shown in both George RR. Martin’s Game of Thrones and Alice Munro’s Who Do You Think You Are?. Both works contain complex characters that illustrate abnormal family dynamics and the integral value of dysfunctional families in literature. This idea of dysfunction among families can be seen in the Lannister and Stark families in Game Of Thrones and Rose’s immediate family and her husband in Who Do You Think You Are?. The Lannister family in George RR. Martin’s Game Of Thrones are one of the most powerful and rich families in the series. They are a prosperous dynasty and live the lives of kings and queens. However, they are also one of the most dysfunctional families in all of literature. The lives of the Lannister family are filled with incest, betrayal, murder and destruction. The Stark family are yet another example of dysfunction in a family structure seen in Game Of Thrones. Rose’s family in Alice Munro’s Who Do You Think You Are? are the cause of her having a very sad childhood. She resides with her father, his second wife named Flo and…

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