Essay on Frozen River

922 WordsOct 6, 20144 Pages
Frozen River Learning Integration Paper This essay analyzes family methods of interaction, strengths, and barriers of Ray’s family and Lila. It describes the family and community roles, rituals, and belief systems that sustain their life processes. It also identifies the role of grief, values, and symbols that describe the family and community system. Lastly, the paper targets systems for intervention. From a micro/mezzo perspective the methods of interaction between Ray and her family appeared to be short and emotionless. There appeared to be conflict between Ray and Troy, based upon Troy leaving the home. Ray seemed to have little interaction with her kids TJ and Ricky. However she showed desperation to fulfill their dream of…show more content…
The family ate meals together despite it wasn’t much, they did eat something. Ray met Lila after searching for her husband. Realizing he was gone she saw opportunity through Lila to begin to routinely smuggle illegal immigrants to the US which became a routine. The women began to form a ‘sister’ like bond over time working toward their goal of providing for their families. Ray and her family did not show any religious beliefs other than celebrating Christmas. They lived in a Native community just outside of the Mohawk reservation. The community reflected cultures of white working class and excluded underclass Mohawk natives. Ray and her sons all experience grief of the loss of the dad, Troy abandoning them. Despite her anger, Ray did not talk bad about Troy in front of the kids. She simply stated the facts to TJ, and addressed their dad leaving in an age appropriate manner to Ricky; clearly conveying family an important value to them. Ray’s most prominent values throughout the movie seemed to be providing for her kids. She showed much desperation smuggling in efforts to get sufficient housing, insisting TJ get an education rather than work to help support the family, and fulfilling Ricky’s dreams of a good Christmas. One of the symbols in the movie was the climate; the movie had a winter setting with no sun light. It seemed as blue as the main color which gives an oppressive, dramatic, and
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