The Family in Alice Munro’s “Royal Beatings”


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The Family in Alice Munro’s "Royal Beatings"
This paper will focus one story that deals with the family as a social institution and examine it in the light of a major sociological theory that best fits the understanding of the family. The chose story is Alice Munro’s Royal Beatings, while the suitable sociological theory is the conflict theory. The paper will argue that there is conflict both within the family (families) of the story as well as between these families and other institutions that can be found in the setting of the story.
According to the conflict theory, “human beings are motivated, for most part, by self-interest” (????, 354). This is most pronounced for example, in the behaviour of Becky
as she watched her father...
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.....not have access to; like the story of her mother’s death as well as the story of the
family. However later near the end of the story, Rose is older and an adult and is reminiscing in her apartment about her past. She has placed
in a nursing home; her father is dead. This time she is the winner, independent and free.
The families and the setting of Royal Beatings provide for a complex understanding of the family as an institution. The conflict theory provides the best fit in analysing the family in this case because of the various conflicts presented in the story and also because of the ways in which the characters attempt to deal with them.
Works Cited
Munro, A. “Royal Beatings”. Who Do You Think You Are?
, 1978, pp 1-22