Brothers Movie Analysis

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In the movie Brothers, I saw relational turbulence between the wife and husband. Relational turbulence is when people react to an interpersonal situation that ordinarily would not be significant; due to difficult times in the relationship, changes in behavior are more noticeable (Katz, 2015). One of the main components in relational uncertainty. One of the scenes where this is seen was during dinner, the husband got up and left the dinner table when the kids mentioned the uncle. When the wife went to check on him, she wanted to know about what happened to him while he was away, but the only thing he could focus on was if she slept with his brother. Even though he had asked his brother if he slept with the wife and he answered, the husband was…show more content…
When her husband came home she had to become a caretaker of him and a mediator between him and other people, especially the children. Now that her husband is back she is having difficulties keeping up with the new demands on her role as a wife. She wants to be there for him while he is struggling through his issues, but he does not want to comfort that she is offering. She also needs support from him for what she went through (Knobloch & Theiss, 2012). There was one scene when she was talking with her two daughters about their father and why he was behaving the way he was. She was trying to explain behavior that she did not even really understand herself, but she tried to support and understand him even when it became very difficult to do. In Knobloch and Theiss’ article, they say that partners must manage strong emotions and try to share their experiences. During the reunion period when the soldier comes home it is very difficult to do those things and the partner must be able to deal with it, and it may be very difficult, like it is for the wife in this…show more content…
The developmental model is when expectations of family members change to address challenges (Katz, 2015). During difficult times, family members may have to take on more or different roles to manage and get through the challenges. This is seen with the wife because she tries to act as a caretaker for her husband when he comes back. In the scene where the mother is trying to explain to the daughters why their father is behaving a certain way, she is trying to care for him by getting others to understand him. She did not expect that when he came back he would have to be taken care of in a different way, or that it would be difficult. They knew things would be different, so to adjust to it she filled the role that she felt her husband needed her to be. It was a challenge for him to come home and a challenge to adjust to him being back. By filling a role as his caretaker she is trying to ease him back into their daily lives. Also, while her husband was away, she had to learn to care for herself and to do things without him (Merolla, 2010). She was expected to be able to care for herself and her children without her husband to help her. However the uncle stepped in and became a temporary husband and father, meaning that the wife now had to adjust to a new man in this role in her life. When her husband did come back, she had to try to relearn allowing him to do things that she would normally take
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