Here Is Your Mother

In a previous post, I asked why the writers of the TV show?House chose for last week’s episode (“A Pox on our House“) to have a sick family composed of a recently married husband and wife who each bring to the marriage a child from a previous relationship.

I think the writers were setting up a parallel with the episode’s opening.? In the opening, which is set in the past on a slave ship, some African captives who have contracted an infectious disease are about to be thrown overboard.? A sick father, who is about to be killed, turns to his healthy son, and says, pointing to another adult:? “Naola is now your father.”

This heart-rending ship scene foreshadows what happens later in the episode (and 200 years later in the narrative’s chronology), when a dying father tells his biological son that the son’s new stepmother will take care of him.? Metaphorically, the father is also saying to his boy that another adult is now your parent.

I imagine that both events are supposed to remind us of?John 19:26-27, where Jesus from the cross says to his mother:

“Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”

(HT: Jennifer Brown)


Kjw

What is the link between a TV-show, quoting a 2000-year old book from the Middle East and freakonomics pray tell?

MjC

KJW, you read my mind!

Drill-Baby-Drill Drill Team

"Here is Your Mother" ---Hannibal Lechter

Gordon

It's right here:

http://freakonomics.com/2010/11/23/here-is-your-mother/

rla

What is the link, pray tell, of commenters who don't know how to use commas and those who use the phrase "pray tell?"

Satan

I laugh at such silliness. Ho-ha-ha-he-ha.........

AaronS

Ian,

THANK YOU! The whole fun of Freakonomics (which our resident cynics and skeptics--aka cranks--are sadly unable to bear, apparently) is that it displays some really cool relationships/connections.

Like the fun of a Dirk Pitt novel, there is some ancient or past happening which impacts the future. We DO get our ideas from certain archetypes and themes, most of the time, you know.

Again, thank you for not permitting Freakonomics to become a bland, boring, lifeless collection of "discussions" about marginal income, and blah, blah, blah.

The joy of Freakonomics (hey! that's the title of the NEXT book!) is that is doesn't get bogged down in the mundane notions of economics, but glitters with sparkling conversation starters, etc.

Jesse

House and the Bible: in the former, a dying father trusts his son to another man; in the latter, a dying son gives his mother a surrogate son, and so the two are connected?

Yes they have a commonality -- a theme of "familial transplant" -- but this doesn't seem very useful or relevant. Consider that Warren Buffet and I are connected because we both wore a blue shirt on Tuesday. It's true, but that fact doesn't contribute anything useful.

This thought also seems like a big stretch, and to my mind, therefore, unlikely to have occurred also in the minds of the show's writers.

AaronS

Jesse @ #8...

While the writers for "House" (or "Holmes," as in Sherlock, if you follow the story), probably did not have that specific Bible verse in mind, that archetype of that sort of transference of parental/child relationship no doubt drove the story.

And the Book of John is either the archetype...or a reflection of that archetype.

All the good stories rely upon some theme of earlier stories and understandings, I think.

Joshua

The writers on House are certainly some of the best out there (the acting is also sublime). While I certainly agree that the opening scenes foreshadowed the eventual climax, I have a hard time buying into the Biblical reference. Seems a stretch.

Ironically, the very next episode explored Faith and House's lack thereof. In this episode I found it a stretch that House, a devout and ministering Atheist qoutes Bible passages to prove his point. I have never met an Atheist with a library of Biblical knowledge.

Having said that, House still rings authentic even when the storylines veer into implausible (I.e. House accidentally causing Amber's death in a bus crash and Wilson's nearly immediate acceptance) One episode of The Mentalist will make you appreciate House.

JVogt

It was plainly obvious to anyone who knows their Bible (or even just that small section) that the episode was referencing the Bible.