The Novel Developed as a Middle-class Social Expression The novel developed as a middle-class social expression, justifying certain middle-class social conventions even as the author at times critiqued those same values. A central element was the search for love, and the proper ending for such a quest was marriage. Many novels in the nineteenth century thus ended with a wedding, and this created a convention that carried over into the conventions of the film industry in the twentieth century, an industry also dedicated to extolling middle class values, with only minimal critiquing of those values through the first half of the century. Marriage is the proper conclusion to both The Philadelphia Story (Cukor, 1941) and Father of the Bride...The end:
.....complies. Banks and his wife are concerned primarily with doing things the right way, which means the sort of wedding others in their set have, and it is left to the father to see that this is achieved. The women are protectors of the social order by demanding that all of the expectations of a wedding be met, and the males just have to make that happen. The father might critique the process as a financial burden, but he meets it just the same. Works Cited Cukor, George. The Philadelphia Story. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1941. Kashani, Tony. “The Romantic Comedy.” Retrieved January 31, 2010 from http://webct.yorku.ca/SCRIPT/2009_FA_FILM_W_1701__3_M_EN_A_INTR_01/scripts/serve_home. Minnelli, Vincente. Father of the Bride. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950.