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The play Buried Child is a prime example of the opposite of the traditional American nuclear family.

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Dominquez Edgar Dominquez Professor Chavan ENGL 2307 17 November 2012 The Buried Child Analysis One of the basic foundations of American culture is the nuclear family. When people think of the typical American family, they think suburban neighborhoods and white picket fences. Usually family is thought to be loving and caring, and home is supposed to be a place where you can go to forget about your troubles and be happy. In ?Buried Child?, the family portrayed is the complete opposite of the typical American nuclear family. All of society?s norms are questioned by the family, and every member is corrupt in their own way. Alienation and dissociation are experienced by all the family members as they suffer from the sins of their father Dodge. After the death of Dodge, it is unknown whether the family?s fate of darkness and abuse will continue. The corruption of the family is rooted from the relationship between Halie, the mother and Dodge. The two characters represent the failure of marriage. ...read more.

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Father Dewis symbolizes religion and shows how even religion and or God can?t even save the family from their cycle of hatred and deceit. Halie also has a Incestual affair with her own son Tilden, conceiving a child. This affair shows how contrary the family is in terms of normalcy. Dodge is everything a father shouldn?t be. He is a drunkard that spends most of his time doing nothing but sitting on the couch drinking whiskey and smoking cigarettes. ?He doesn?t answer, takes a bottle from under the cushion of the sofa and takes a long swig. Puts the bottle back, stares at the TV, pulls the blanket up around his neck? (8). He often is fighting with Halie and denies his son Bradley, whom is very aggressive and he fears. The father of the nuclear family is supposed to be a strong supportive male who does everything and anything to provide for the family. Dodge does not at all meet this criteria and he holds a very dark past. ...read more.

Conclusion

He soon realizes that the family he hoped to return to was not at all the typical American family. As Vince flees, he has a vision of the generations of his family in his rearview mirror, and he comes to understand his fate and place in the family. When Vince returns he is drunk and violent, much like his grandfather Dodge. He inherits the home and possessions of Dodge after his passing and now is the new, but old Dodge. Vince decides to come back and continue the family?s fate of darkness and abuse. The play ?Buried Child? is a prime example of the opposite of the traditional American nuclear family. The family lives their lives by a completely different code of ethics, and this seen many times throughout the play. Every member in the family is corrupt in their own way and the incest between Halie and her son makes readers realize the horrific fate of the family. There is no hope for the family and this is reinforced by the return of Vince, the new but old Dodge. ...read more.

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