‘’was a 2011 film that was directed by Paul Feig. The story focused onKristen Wigg, who was requested by her close friend, Lillian, to beher best maid at her wedding. Kristen was unmarried, following abreak up with her boyfriend after her business collapsed. Kristen,however, did not like Helen, who was bossy and commanding. Helen andKristen had a hard time cooperating because they disliked each otherfrom the beginning. On the other hand, Kristen had an unattachedrelationship with Tom, who was self- centered (Krista,2012).Despite this agreement, Kristen hoped that they would eventually havea lasting relationship. However, Kristen finally fell in love withNathan, a traffic officer who had been lenient with her earlier.
Duringthe plans for the wedding, Helen and Kristen had a couple of fights,which would spoil plans made to organize for the wedding. In additionto this, Kristen was fired for being rude to a customer while she wasworking at a jewelry shop. This had her thrown out of her apartmentand she moved to her mother’s home. Kristen was also removed fromLillian’s bridal party and she also had another fight with Helen.Eventually, Lillian disappeared a couple of days before her wedding(Krista,2012).This forced Helen to seek Kristen’s wedding and when they foundher, Kristen was allowed back into the bridal party. The jointefforts to look for Lillian made Kristen and Helen to mend theirdifferences.
Accordingto the social conflict theory, people fight due to differences intheir differences in material wealth. Those people who have morepower often seek to use their power to exploit people with less power(Turner& Jan, 2005).In the case of ‘Bridesmaid,’ Kristen’s landlord threw her outwhen she was unable to pay her rent. This showed that the capitalistsociety did not care about relationships, but only cared about aperson’s financial ability. Kristen’s reactions due to herconflicts with Helen were due to anomicissuesbecause she felt that the society was rejecting her.
Accordingto the structural functionalism theory, the society is comprised ofvarious parts that work together for purposes of ensuring that thesociety functions well (Turner& Jan, 2005).In the case of ‘,’ Kristen played a role of a friend,worker and a girlfriend. Her different roles required positivismasshe faced different challenges as she played the different roles. Theroles required her to associate people differently and to adoptdifferent world views so that she could fit in well. Kristen had toplay the different roles because, according to structuralfunctionalism, the different roles work together to ensure that thesociety functions. Kristen’s role as a friend is what facilitatedfor Lillian’s wedding. Her positive attitude is what made hersurvive the trials that she faced as she played the roles.
Symbolicinteraction holds that people associate with others based on thesymbolic meanings that they attach to people. A person forms thesymbolism of a person through social interactions that give meaningto their interaction (Turner& Jan, 2005).Kristen did not like Helen because she found her obnoxious and self-centered. She, however, over-generalizedHelen’s character and this made her unable to see the positive sideabout Helen. Kristen was also mean towards Nathan because herrelationship with Tom was not beneficial to her. Kristen oftenpracticed doublestandards asshe was lenient towards the men who were mean to her, but she pickedfights with women whenever they were mean to her.
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