Peacocke, Family Guy Analysis

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Antonia Peacocke, in her essay “ Family Guy and Freud: Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious”, applies the main ideas of Freud’s “Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious”, logical evidence, and strong arguments, to prove the true meaning behind the show’s unique humor. Her main evidence against the supposed “offensive” show is by introducing Freud’s literature, “Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious”, which claims Family guy hits the unconscious parts of our minds, and while our minds realize the true meaning behind the joke, it makes the joke seem funny (Peacocke 308). This idea of using satire to create the jokes in Family Guy are meant not to offend, but to “provide a sort of relief by breaking down taboos” over American culture and stereotypes that people create amongst each other (Peacocke 308). Another way Peacoke introduces logical evidence is by presenting direct dialogues from the show, and therefore revealing the similarities to the American culture’s realities. For example she uses pieces of dialogue in which one involves a commercial set in the 1950’s in which is believed to be “blatantly sexist” because it ridicules how people perceived and treated women in the 1950’s (Peacoke 302). This dialogue is thought to be sexist simply because it shows women being treated as inferiors, but according to Peacoke it is simply just making fun of how American culture perceived women in that era (Peacocke 302-303). All of these show how Peacocke uses logical evidence and analytical skills to demonstrate the true nature of Family

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