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College Writing 100 YOU ARE WHAT YOU WATCH For over ten years the animated suburban satire The Simpsons has captivated American families of all races ages and ethnicity Viewers are attracted to The Simpsons because the show represents an exaggerated form of themselves and their own reality The Simpsons half hour television sitcom does not have a great deal of time to develop characters so must rely on commonly understood attitudes about types of people and their motivations Common Culture 2nd Edition Berger page 243 Homer Jay Simpson is the patriarch of the Simpson household a thirty-eight year old safety inspector at Springfields local nuclear power plant Homers wife Marge is a thirty-four year old homemaker Together they have three children Bartholomew Jo-Jo Bart their eldest child is an incredibly mischievous fourth grader Lisa Marie is the overlooked middle child an eight-year-old second grader who excels in both academics and music One year old Margaret Maggie Simpson is the silent youngest child who is addicted to per pacifier Marge is a devoted wife and mother who controls the family from behind the scenes She uses her female intuition when reacting to whatever incidences occurred that day Marge rarely speaks her mind openly She uses less obvious means of persuasion In an episode where a teacher recommends Bart take a drug for Attention Deficit Disorder ADD Homer attempts to hide the pills in Barts food Marge on the other hand tells her son he does not have to take the medication but if he did it would make her very proud Bart folds to the request of his mother rather than the threats or trickery attempts of his father Marge represents a woman who is intelligent but has put aside any type of personal or career fulfillment to raise her children This type of woman is outdated as far as the rest of television sitcoms and the media are concerned but Marge continues
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