Television: "The Golden Girls" Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Television: "The Golden Girls"
Looks at the ways that the television comedy, "The Golden Girls", supports and disproves stereotyping of older women.
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This paper explains that, in the television show "The Golden Girls", societal stereotypes of older women are generally supported by the characters of Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose; however, the character Sophia disproves this labeling. The paper discuses specific stereotyping of older women in the U. S. culture. The author analyzes the overall plot of this series, its characters and five episodes in relationship to these stereotypes. The paper concludes that older women would do well to take the behavior of these characters to heart as they prove that older women can break through the stereotypes being placed on them by younger generations.

Table of Contents:
Stereotyping Older Women
The Television Comedy: "The Golden Girls"
Season 1, Episode 2: Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?
Season 1 Episode 9: Blanche and the Younger Man
Season 1 Episode 1: The Engagement
Season 3 Episode 20: And Ma Makes Three
Season 3 Episode 11: Three on a Couch

From the Paper:

"In Season 3 Episode 11: 'Three On a Couch', the women are having troubles getting along. Rose's anger is most prevalent here. While the women are arguing in the psychiatrist's office, Rose attempts to call Blanche a dumbbell, but instead says "barbell". Dorothy then yells, "That's a dumbbell, you twit!" Rose is constantly being told to shut up, and when the psychiatrist asks Rose how she feels about that, she visibly gets angry (she can be seen shaking and blinking rapidly, both signs of anger and frustration) and says, "I think they're all garconinokin!""

Sample of Sources Used:

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