Pushing the boundaries of housewifery
Oglice, Eunice AnnaMaria
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The 1950’s was an era that welcomed Lucy Ricardo into their homes. The comedy I Love Lucy premiered on Oct. 15, 1951, on CBS. This study seeks to demonstrate and illustrate how Lucy Ricardo battled patriarchy, which was common among TV sitcoms of the era. Primarily, this study aims to analyze Lucy Ricardo’s role as a woman who pushes the limits of patriarchy in I Love Lucy, by examining her dual roles of someone who defies patriarchy, yet show’s allegiance to it as well. A textual analysis of 14 I Love Lucy episodes will address the established mode of domesticity in I Love Lucy, as well as opportunities for challenges that Lucy takes advantage of. This study reveals a woman who denied her husband’s wishes to control her. Lucy stepped outside of the typical portrayal of married women who were supposed to submit to their husbands and follow their every wish.