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How does the Simpsons episode "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge" show the ways in which television influences children? Does it show these influences to be positive or negative?

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How DOES the SIMPSONS EPISODE "ITCHY SCRATCHY AND MARGE" SHOW THE WAYS IN WHICH TELEVISION INFLUENCES CHILDREN? Does it show these influences to be Positive or negative? "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge" proves to the audience that television does influence children, also that children are more entertained by violence than showing relationships in a positive way. The episode is about Maggie, Bart and Lisa watching cartoons and being hypnotized by them, it seems all they want to-do. This episode mainly concentrates on Maggie, she watches the cartoons and copies it in a similar way on her father. This telling us that television can have a bad influence on children but when its positive it had a good influence e.g. when Maggie gives her father lemonade it's a nice thing. In the episode "Hold That Feline" Maggie is influenced by it and copies it by picking up a mallet and hits her father over the head with it. This occurs in all the episodes she watches, she watches then copies. This is when Marge realises the effect on her children from watching "The Itchy And Scratchy Show". Due to this she stops her children from watching cartoons until they become more positive. ...read more.

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It gets louder and there's a low angle close up of the dark figure. The girl starts to scream the music is now screeching and a large close up is brought up to her mouth. It makes the girl look more vulnerable because she has her back to the figure, there is a low angle shot of the figure which makes him look more threatening. The girl grabs on to the shower curtain a big close up is shown of this, the hooks of the shower curtain are given a close up of them ripping off while water running. The girl falls to the floor and blood treacle's down her legs the water sound gets louder, the camera zooms into the plugs of the blood gurgling down the hole the plug fades into her eye. When Marge realises the effects of "The Itchy And Scratchy Show" on her children she turns the television off and bans them from watching them. Though the children don't really mind because they can just go round their friend's houses to watch them. Marge starts campaigning and says the violent cartoons are influencing children to copy them. ...read more.

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Marge realises that people should have 'freedom of expression'. She understands this when she finds out that not everybody admires the statue, "Michael Angelo's David" is apart of her, she loves the statue and thinks of it as art, but other people interoperate it differently. People can watch what they want and enjoy what they want, and a lot of children like watching violence, too much of it will be bad for them, so perhaps its ok for children to watch violence in moderation. The creators are getting across this message to us through Marge as long as we do things in moderation it is ok. In conclusion, this episode of "The Simpsons" proves that too much TV is bad for children. The episode is about showing Maggie's reactions to "The Itchy and Scratchy show" cartoons. After watching the shows she copies what they do. For example the parody of "Psycho", Maggie hits Homer with a mallet. This is meant to be funny because "The Simpsons" is a comedy. When "Itchy and Scratchy" is turned from being violent to caring the creator proves that television does not have to be violent to influence children, though children seem to prefer to watch violent television. This means it is down to the parents to monitor their children, to see what they are being influenced by, though everything is ok in moderation. ...read more.

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