Jim’s mother is completely disappointed with how her life is and takes it out on her husband and Jim.
‘Being chicken’ in this film relates to the fact that Jim’s role model has been a man who was not quite tough enough because he caudles to his mother and wife. Jim has a hard time figuring out what being masculine means and he is more of a tender man because of it though he is a bit sarcastic to make up for it and defiant of authority. His parents have made his life frustrating and due to his dad’s behavior, he does not know how to be manly and Jim wishes that he would just knock her out just once to shut her up. He easily gets upset because they contradict each other and he acts out in frustration but then it also comes out in