Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor's Name

Richard Schwartz

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Maneck Daruwala

Third Advisor's Name

Philip Marcus

Date of Defense

7-28-2009

Abstract

The purpose of the research of this thesis was to determine how and toward what goals Woody Allen shows the influence of dysfunctional parents and families on their adult children, sibling groups of those children, and those children's romantic choices in Interiors, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Alice. Methodology includes the ideas of noted psychological pioneers as well as the results of current scientific studies. Relationships in these films mirror findings which reveal that dysfunctional parents produce both well-adjusted and troubled children and that offspring are more likely than parents to overcome emotional challenges. It is useful to realize that sibling groups are often the strongest family relationships, in part, because they are typically the ones that last the longest.

Identifier

FI12072708

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