Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Disintegrating Mama

I am reading The Lightning Thief to my 3 sons.  It is a really good book that keeps them wanting more.  Unfortunately, a short 4 chapters into the book the mother is disintegrated!  My boys did not know what disintegrated meant.  I had to educate my children that the mother was blown to bits and there was no trace left of her.  As I looked at their wide eyes I felt slightly frightened.  What are they thinking?  Do they feel bad for Percy, the main character, to be left motherless?  Or does the idea of mama being wiped off the face of the earth sound like a good idea?

Why do the parents always have to die?  From Bambi, to Lion King, to Anastasia.  The companies that entertain our children are killing us off one by one!

5 comments:

Lori said...

All I have to say, is keep reading.....

Jason said...

Disintigrated?! What kind of violent trash are you reading to your boys?

Kira said...

Oh, Katrine, parents are symbols in a sense. They are guardians representing protection, safety, and guidance. You have to kill off the parents. Once they are out of the way the kids are finally totally vulnerable and capable of being challenged on their own without any possibility for somebody to be their escape or their enabler.

It's a literary tool. Don't take it personally. :]

Karie said...

Like Lori says, Keep reading......

Fantastic Forrest said...

Are you finished with the book yet? What did you think of it? Have you seen the movie? My daughter really wants to see it. I hadn't realized there was a book. I generally prefer to read things first, even though it spoils the suspense in the film. Books have so much more detail and allow you to use your imagination. Of course, that makes it hard for a film to live up to the written version.

Regarding disintegrating moms - don't forget Nancy Drew and so many of the Disney princesses. No mother for Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine.... I wouldn't blame them for Empress consort Alexandra, though. The Bolshevik secret police were the bad guys who disintegrated Anastasia's mother.

I came over here from The Jason Show. You have a neat blog!

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