1 Jimmy resents Alison's
upbringing, marriage is an
institution of the establishmen,
imagery such as "slaughter"
and "execution" conveys
Jimmy's derision for such traps.
2 The role play between the couple using animal imagery of the bear and squirrill -
"the pain of being human beings any longer" Jimmy's hypersensitivity, when he
becomes a bear the appeal of being all love and no brains is that human response
is distilled to pure feeling which has less cerebral weight than thinking. Role playing
a bear provides a temporary respite for J from his own intellectual hypersensitivity.
3 Sounds as though Alison's relationship with Jimmy was a kidnapping,
"savage", "ruthless", "hostile" As though Alison is a trophy of the war between
4 Alison describes a luminescence about Jimmy when she first saw him. Stemming from
the need to rebel against her parents. "His armor didn't really shine very much anymore"
his allure wore off.
5 Passive aggressive relationship - Jimmy is always trying to "draw blood" from Alison
5.1 See's Alison going to church as betrayal "You
Judas!" Teddy bears sound symbolise's his anguish