What is a family ?

Publié le par Jodie

Hello there !

So we're currently studying the topic of families in english class and I thought that was a very interesting subject for today's article.

What's a family ?

The first thing that comes to everyone's mind is a mom, a dad and thier child(ren) happily living together under the same roof. The nuclear family is indeed the most typical one today in Western countries.


And that's true. The notion "family" is originally people sharing the same blood.

Now, can a nuclear family be considered as the "perfect family" ? Not necessarly.

Does a "perfect family" truly exist ? Maybe not.

I've always thought there isn't such thing as a model family. It just doesn't exist.

People always assume that a child living, for exemple, with only one parent is less happy than a child living with the two of them, with a cat, a dog and a big house. How can you be so sure ? Sometimes is it not better for the child's sake to live in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere whereas being constantly in the middle of his parent's conflicts ?

According to me, a family is composed by people respecting and loving each other in the first place. No matter who they are, where they are from, how old they are, if they're men, women, other (who knows?), etc. I think a family is, above all, people you choose to love and who love you in return. You share things with them, you give, you receive... That's why friends can be part of your family as well. That's the idea I have of a "perfect" family, if it really exists anyway.

The notion family has evolved throughout the centuries (by ending the old-fashioned extended family) and gave birth to other types of families : blended families, gay families, childless familes, single-parent families, etc...

I think this video sums it up pretty well : https://youtu.be/WyVfaB2nlao

I also wanted to talk a bit about a tv show that is linked to what we said, which I thought was interesting : Peaky Blinders.


Peaky Blinders is a tv series, created by Steven Knight in 2013. The plot is set in 1919, right after the First World War in Birmingham, in England, and deals with a gangster family, the Shelby(s), led by Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy). They call themselves the Peaky Blinders because of the razor blades into the peak of their caps (they really existed!). They're chased by the detective Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neil), sent by Winston Churchill (Andy Nyman/Richard McCabe) himself to eradicate disorder and clean the city from political conflicts.


The family is composed by the Shelby brothers & sister Thomas, Arthur (Paul Anderson), John (Joe Cole), Ada (Sophie Rundle), Finn (Alfie Evans-Meese/Harry Kirton), their aunt Polly Gray (Helen McCrory), their cousin Michael Gray (Finn Cole) and later their respective wives Grace (Annabelle Wallis), Esme (Aimee-Ffion Edwards), May (Charlotte Riley) and Linda (Kate Philips) and finally, their friend and secretary Lizzie Stark (Natasha O'Keeffe).

Here's the trailer : https://youtu.be/EM12mcTEI88

What I think is really interesting in this extended family is the place women occupy. They're all powerful, strong and don't hesitate to contradict the men when they think they're wrong, specially Polly. She's the one taking the decisions along with Thomas and would be the leader if he wasn't already. They're not only housewives and have an important role. Thomas in parlicular is more or less opposed to gender discriminations and thinks women should have the right to speak as well as men do. We often get to see the women being wiser and more down-to-Earth than the men, with a true desire to help and be in charge. They even go on a strike, revolted and tired of being the only ones staying at the office to work and clean. It really is amazing to see women struggling for their rights and represented by strong and brave characters, not weak and dependent on their husbands or brothers.


Besides, the Shelby family is really central in this tv show. They may be criminals but they care about each other and would do anything for one another. United, they value their family and the business they run before anything else. In short, you don't want to mess up with them. It's really interesting to see their relationship and their development evolving throught the seasons.

Btw, if you don't this tv show, then I can only recommend you to watch it, it's awesome ! Watch it...


And... That's all for today.

Thanks for reading and see u soon !

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Your teacherIL 07/10/2016 09:04

This programme looks great! Thanks for sharing!