Cultural Issues in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a romantic comedy; about a 30-year-old single woman living in Chicago named Toula Portokalos. As a Greek descendant girl, being raised by a very traditional family, she faces the deep questions of priorities in life. Ranging from the role of family in a contemporary society, to the pressures placed upon her by her cultural norms.
The movie begins at her family restaurant, Dancing Zorba’s, where she is constantly reminded that her biological clock is ticking. According to her family’s norms, women who are not married work in the family business and are considered a failure. Toula comes from a traditional collective upbringing in where all good daughters are expected to marry from their ethnic background. According to Toula “There are three things that every Greek woman must do in life: marry Greek boys, make…
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