The Golden Age': The Role of Family
In Joan London’s The Golden Age, the role of family is reflected distinctly, and also, bittersweet for characters in different age levels. Family is the back supporter for children suffering from polio in the Golden Age as well as the parents express their unconditional devotion. Nevertheless, family relationships in The Golden Age are not always harmonious, as the lack of understanding remotes some of the family members and even makes the relationship fraught. Yet, in broader terms, the theme of family, is complicated.
For pre-adolescent characters like Frank or pathetic one like Ida, they gain support from family economically and spiritually. London depicts a dire condition of not only Holocaust during World War II but also polio pandemics, which love between characters is thus emphasised. Frank, especially, who describes his family as a ‘loud, raw tragicomedy’ without realising Ida bears the burden of a tough job to sustain his life in the Golden Age. Moreover, Ida safeguards Frank, which allow him manage to survive throughout the war. In contrast to Ida, Meyer supports Frank and the whole family emotionally, he constantly visits Frank to assist him to go through the trauma, and in obvious, the discussions between this father and son is much broader the one with Ida. Also, Meyer shows his care for Ida since she feels ‘gutted, feeble, shell-shocked’ after transferring to a new environment, he persuades Ida to regain the confidence found in playing piano. Meyer always exhibits a more personable and relaxed image to ease up the vibe in family but the loneliness and homesickness is never eradicated. The love and contribution between family is selfless even sometimes they have to sacrifice.
Further, characters who are more mature devote to their family. In contrast to Frank who is sometimes rebellious, characters who have their life experience increased, focus more on family relationships and display profound love on their children. During Holocaust, rather than being a traditional mother, Ida is more pragmatic which is because she has the faith of saving the whole family. In her search for ‘fighting core of survival’, and the use of ‘self-love’ to describe her family, the intense devotion to her family is reflected, unlike the conventional feminine mothers, the belief in saving family boosts and reveals the belligerent and wise side of her. Similarly, Margaret as a mother characterised by a fierce love with Elsa, who overbears other mean family members. However, Margaret is like a ‘mother animal’ who ‘grow[s] up with’ Elsa, she never compromises on the issue when it comes to Elsa, Margaret facilitates the reunion of Frank and Elsa which is likely against the willing of Jack and rebuts at Nance who is arrogant that polio will not limit Elsa’s prospects. Family also means the object of devotion for numerous characters.
Additionally, in spite of love among them, family can be a burden at times. ‘Growing up’ in The Golden Age leads adolescents to be rebellious or further distances between generations, and family relationships can be limitations. Confronting with Ida’s appearance as a flustered and anxious mother, Frank displays exhaustion while getting along with her, as well as, he ‘refuses to be [his parents’] only light’ when facing their over expectations, family somehow blocks the way that Frank pursues his freedom. Besides, Sister Penny as a different position in family, overtakes similar pressure. Though her love towards Elizabeth Ann is also profound, she sees Ann as her ‘number one’, her desire for freedom and human connections enhances their sense of distance. While Elizabeth Ann pursues a conventional life that she is unable to offer and in her marriage, she is ‘swallowed up into what she’s always wanted – a big, respectable family.’ The distance between mother and daughter depresses Sister Penny. Family relationships can sometimes intensify one’s stress.
In the Golden Age, war and polio do great impacts on families, which the bond between family is tightened, and profound love and devotion is evidently displayed. However, inevitably, family normally faces with conflicts, while the lack of mutual understanding also alienates family members. The role of family in The Golden Age is that this provides not only love and care to support one’s life but also becomes part of pressure.
Family plays a very significant role in the life of an individual. Each author represents family and relationships in his/her own unique way as people see things from a different perspective. Some writers represent a loving, caring and supportive family in their literary works. However, some writers show the negative side of the family to the readers such as conflicts between parents and siblings. The way the three novels represent family and relationships is fascinating but sad and emotional at...
During the Victorian Era in England, a person’s specific role in their family was very important and very distinct. The Victorian family was considered to be a very valuable part of society. Very strict guidelines were followed by the families throughout this time. Mothers, fathers, and children contributed to their families in different ways during this era, and these living styles have changed drastically compared to today’s families. While some believe family conditions and their role in society has progressed...
There are three types of parenting styles which are permissive, authoritarian, and authoritative. Permissive parents believe that their kids should not be monitored constantly, should be able to think on their own, and have little control over them (Berks & Meyers, 2016, p.394). The second parenting style is authoritarian, which parents expect their child to follow their rules and are in control all the time (Baumrind, 1966). The last parenting style is authoritative, which parents are more involved in their...
The connection between two or even more people could be regarded as an interpersonal relationship, which includes different forms, there are colleagues relationships, partners relationships. There are many factors that influence relationships between people. .A child with parents forms family relationships, and men and women can form love or even marriage relationships (Juneja 2015). Additionally, people who do not have any relationship with others can not survive well in society., Many of them have social anxiety disorders, used to named...
German supermarket chain, Edeka released a Christmas-themed advertisement back in 2015, starring elderly a father who resorts to a dramatic extent to bring his children together for Christmas. The ad opens on him receiving several voicemails from his kids saying they can’t come home for Christmas, and as the time-lapse edit continues he realizes that he is not the only one that spends it alone. This commercial moved people around the world saying “This is the most heartbreaking commercial ever”....
Over the years growing up, I knew the importance of maintaining good relationships; between parents, friends, colleagues, and supervisors. The connections we make with others define our lives. I always strive to build stronger relationships. The relationship I value most in life is with my parents; it roots in my childhood and continues to impact my adulthood life. My parents are my emotional support because I could always count on them to have my back. Me, I don’t have regular...
The impacts of technology are more visible in families. Although, it truly has a long list of advantages; However, there are drawbacks to incorporating technology into households. Almost every family owns a smartphone, computer, and laptop, which means technology dominates almost every family. Because of that, the traditional way of parenting has become rare nowadays and it lessens the value of parenting. Below are the negative effects of technology, specifically the use of computers and the Internet among family relationships....
As Barbara Bush quoted, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” There are times that you can be having the most memorable times in your life. But remember, there can be trouble in relationships, but thankfully there is conflict resolution, so it can be able to be fixed, and the problem can be erased before the relationship gets ruined. After all, the future of a child can continue to be enlightened if they have...
I am an eighteen year old Pakistani-American in his first year of college. California, Fremont is where I have spent the majority of my life, although I have spent about two and a half cumulative years abroad in my parent’s homeland, Pakistan. My family tree has and continues to be completely native members of this great country. I believe that this has helped in me being vastly associated and connected to my heritage, the reason that I have such devotion...
01 / 09
Fair Use Policy
EduBirdie considers academic integrity to be the essential part of the learning process and does not support any violation of the academic standards. Should you have any questions regarding our Fair Use Policy or become aware of any violations, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are here 24/7 to write your paper in as fast as 3 hours.