[DWJ] Archer's Goon and Passover

Levi W. zebraspotz at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 10:22:17 EDT 2014


Okay, now I'm going to have to reread Archer's Goon over pesach---thanks!

Akiva


On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 8:57 AM, Farah Mendlesohn <farah.sf at gmail.com> wrote:

> That's lovely!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On 9 Apr 2014, at 13:39, Jameela Lares <jameela.lares at usm.edu> wrote:
> >
> > Fun, Gili!  Thanks!
> >
> > Jameela Lares
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> Gili Bar-Hillel [gbhillel at netvision.net.il]
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 7:23 AM
> > To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
> > Subject: [DWJ] Archer's Goon and Passover
> >
> > A friend posted on Facebook her 4-year old's version of the Four Sons
> from
> > the Passover Haggada.
> >
> > To those of you who are not familiar with Jewish tradition, the four sons
> > are mentioned in the Haggada as representatives of four different types
> of
> > children, each of which requires a different educational approach if one
> is
> > to teach them the story of Passover. There is the wise son, the wicked
> son,
> > the simple son, and the son who knows not how to ask questions. There are
> > many symbolic interpretations of these characters, in which the four sons
> > variously represent different aspects of human nature, different stages
> of
> > personal development, different generations slipping towards
> assimilation,
> > etc.
> >
> > Anyway, according to my friend's 4-year old, the story of the four sons
> > goes like this: all the sons hated the wicked son, and they ganged up on
> > him, and then he said he was sick and tired of this, all he ever wanted
> to
> > be was an astronaut, and he built a spaceship and lifted off to outer
> > space.
> >
> > To me this very strongly evoked Archer's Goon. I thought about it a bit.
> > Hathaway is the wise son, Archer the wicked son, Erskine the simple son,
> > and Venturus the son who knows not how to ask questions. And Torquil?
> > Torquil is Pharoah, of course!
> >
> > Happy spring holidays!
> >
> > Gili
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