The Media Plays a Negative Force In We Need To Talk About Kevin
The media prominently impacts our lives as we are drawn to a fictional world, which influences our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about controversial subjects. Children are exposed to various sorts of media that may play a positive or negative role in their socialization. If children are involved in numerous extra-curricular activities they have a broadened social network, which allows them to be stimulated in positive atmospheres. If children are unable to participate in extra-curricular activities, they do not get the same opportunity to bond with other children outside of the classroom setting. Their social network is narrowed because they see the same people everyday. The media has become an increasingly important socializing agent. It particularly reaches the interests of children who are not active outside of the classroom setting because they become more exposed as their interests revolve around the usage of media. Since children are not developed adults, the media is able to influence them more for this reason because of their impressionability. Some of the things that the media exposes us to may not be what we want our children to learn, like violence. Children do not see what is wrong with violence because the media makes it look exciting so it captures the attention of young viewers. The media represents a negative force in We Need To Talk About Kevin because it emphasizes the stereotypical roles of the parents, it desensitizes the audience to violence in the media, and it imposes a challenge for children to distinguish between the real world and the fictional world. Why are mother and father roles so differentiated? Can a mom not play the role of a dad and can a dad not play the role of a mom? The media would have to disagree with this statement because they advertise the stereotypical roles of both genders. Moms are expected to become “stay at home moms” so they can look after their children and provide them with unconditional love. Dads are expected to do heavy-duty labor in order to prove their masculinity and bring home the dough. It is proven that moms who stay at home have a closer connection with their children because they share a physical bond, like, the baby being in the Mothers womb for 9 months. Moms who stay at home are able to provide their children with primary socialization, which is the process of mastering basic skills required to function in society during childhood (Caron, 110). Moms who stay at home are able to provide their children with happy memories and motivate them in a positive direction. (Caron, 112). Mother’s are therefore more culturally and naturally influenced to love their babies. If the mom does not love the child then they would have violated a biological norm. Eva – the mother of Kevin Khatchadourian – was a taboo parent because she was unable to express her love towards Kevin. She appeared to play the role of the stereotypical mother by quitting her job and becoming a stay at home mom to look after her children, but she eventually became trapped in gender roles. Eva did not want to accept her femininity because she could not come to terms with that part of herself. She wanted to embrace her masculinity so she could hold onto the two characteristics she admired most: strength and independence. Unlike her husband Franklin and their daughter Celia – who portrayed their stereotypical roles perfectly – she was unable to be the idealistic mother. “Loving children came easily to Franklin…” (Shriver, 351). Kevin denied the fact that Franklin ever loved him because their relationship was superficial. The love that they shared was extremely shallow. He could not bare the superficial relationship with his father anymore and seeked something more genuine with his mother and himself. Eva’s love for Kevin existed subconsciously and she had a hard time coming to terms with it because she never accepted him. Her lack...
Citations: Shriver, L. We Need To Talk About Kevin. Harper Perennial, 2006. Print.
Caron, Christian. Sociological Lenses. Toronto: Nelson, Education Ltd. , 2011. Print.
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