Raven wrote:dharma_bum wrote:These symbols aren't nearly as mythic as the desert, but the Shark and the Whale are certainly a living breathing characters in both the book and movie. A shark of course is dangerous, stealthy, fast, sleek and lethal which accounts for the freewheeling confidence of our boys during the Mint assignment. The shark escapes unscathed… is this meant to be symbolic of the optimistic side of the "long fine flash" of the 60s?
Then of course there is the Whale. A whale is a smart but slow moving, bloated creature who was headed for extinction in the early 70’s. The Whale of course gets battered beyond recognition without having any of the fun…. The death of the American Dream?
wow DB! we were having a similar thought here.
que twilight zone music
Synchronicity... I also meant to add that both the Shark and the Whale were rented... things that you cannot keep or hold on to for very long with a price to pay if you do.