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Lesson Plans

Sandy Skoglung' "Revenge of the Goldfish"

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J. Pease (jpease)
Mon, 26 Feb 1996 08:54:10 -0800

Dear Terry:

Concerning your recent online discussion of "Revenge of the
Goldfish", I am wondering why the woman in the image is referred to
as "mother". Perhaps it is my own psychological background that
determines my response to the image, but I have never even
considered the possibility that the woman in the image is the young
boy's mother. There are too many suggestions of sexual activity
(i.e. the setting of the bedroom, the state of undress of the young
boy, the woman of an apparently older age in the same bed, the limp
fish draped over the pillows in the lower left) for me to jump to
the conclusion that the woman in the image is the boy's mother. I
guess the suggestion of the topic of "incest" just never occurred to
me -my upbringing was (I will admit) definitely sheltered and such
issues were never even discussed within the family at the dinner

What visual clues led you to identify the woman as the "mother"?
Truly I am curious, as it was a definite surprise when I first read
the discussion. Thank you.

Jill Pease
Sacramento, CA