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attempted to un-jam a toaster by shoving a knife in and out of it (Hall, The Homer File p.2). Homer also expresses concerns over his obesity as well as being a bad father (Hall, The Homer File p. 3). He also has a problem with his cursing, as well as his consumption of alcohol (Hall, The Homer File p. 3). Now, do any of these sound familiar to you? Leaving keys in doors are a common thing for most Americans. Whether it is going to or from the car, or even leaving keys in the vehicle lock, is something that everyone has done from time to time. To have Homer do it, well, it is a chance for everyone to laugh at themselves. While trying to unclog a toaster with a knife is relatively uncommon, it still does happen. Why personal experience and common sense would dictate for a person to

do otherwise, people still nonetheless do it. A new craze that has swept Americans is the craze to be physically fit, and since Homer would represent the typical American, this is a concern that has crossed his mind. Every father that I know, strives to be the best father he can be, and always worries if he is living up to the expectations they have of themselves in their adventure in parenting. Ever since movies and television began introducing curse words in their daily programming and shows, foul language has been something that plagues American speech. While Homer s is not as bad as some, he does have his moments. Alcoholism is a disease that is rapidly growing in America. Homer s fondness for beer would certainly put him in this category. Next, there is Homer s wife, Marge.

Marge epitomizes the term housewife . Marge is the foundation of the family, always trying to maintain the household and to rear her children. She is concerned about what her children watch on television (Hall, The Marge File p. 2), while passing on family traditions to her children (Hall, The Marge File p. 2). She even attempted to work to help supplement the family income, but ended up leaving the job to return to her household, which she felt had a higher priority (Hall, The Marge File p. 2). To sum up Marge, she is a character that holds her family together, and she epitomizes that role. Mothers are usually figures that nurture their children and do everything possible for them. They get involved in their child s life and raise them the best they can. With the plethora of

shows on television now, parents in general take concern in what their children are watching. SO, when Marge takes a stand against her children s television show that was full of gratuitous violence, she is doing what many other parents do. When Marge passed on the Bouvier quilt to Lisa, she was passing on a tradition that had been passed on to her, and would be hopefully passed down to future generations. Many families have this as well. Whether it is an antique or a watch or jewelry, It still is a tradition that is passed on from generation to generation. Now I will talk about the children of the Simpson family. Bart is the notorious troublemaker of the trio. He is a rebellious son who acts on impulse and often disobeys both his parents and school faculty (Hal, The Bart File

pp. 3-8). While he is often the problem child, his lighter side is shown when he is a good brother to his sister. Lisa, on the other hand, is the total antithesis of Bart. Lisa is a straight A student who is often on the better side of her teachers and her family. Her intelligence is uncanny, and unmatched by anyone in her household (Cawley p. 1). Finally, there is Maggie. Since Maggie is an infant, there is little to know about her, since she is always an infant. The youth of today range from disciplined to rebellious, from intelligent to not so intelligent. By having the two older Simpson children represent this, it further defines why the Simpsons are a valid representative of the 1990 s. Unlike the older television shows of past decades, where the children of the family are

always perfect in every way, the Simpson family has a more realistic tone to it. Not all kids are perfect and made for television sitcoms, most are not. However, the Simpson children give the viewer a chance to experience both, which is closer to real life. To sum things up a bit, I will now recap and try to put the pieces together to form the perfect image of families in the 1990 s and why the Simpsons are the closest representation of families in the 1990 s. First, by using statistics, out of families consisting of three to seven or more members, a family consisting of five members is the largest out of the group, which is consistent with the average married couple has approximately three children. Next, every Simpson family member has certain peculiarities that are conducive