Bedeviling paternal discipline
Fathers from American Gothic to Point Pleasant
in Men with stakes
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Angel, Point Pleasant, and American Gothic all explore in some depth the social and cultural power of paternal authority, and that is the subject of this chapter. While Angel depicts fathers as oppressive task-masters who make their sons feel inadequate, American Gothic and Point Pleasant use controlling fathers to address social dysfunction, particularly gendered violence and competing masculinist ethics. Conventional gothic patriarchs, the fathers discussed here are less flawed characters than vehicles for a larger interrogation of cultural norms and practices.

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