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Are You My Mother? - Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

Alison Bechdel
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The opening dream sequence of this final chapter has Bechdel finding a small pimple on her face while looking in the mirror. She works on trying to get rid of it. In so doing, she digs it out. It's not a pimple, however, it's a tumor. She goes to tell her mother about what happened, but her mother won't talk to her. She's too angry about the book about the father. They go to Stonehenge, and someone has built a condo complex around it.

Later in the chapter, Bechdel uses Winnicott's writings to analyze the dream. In it, Stonehenge is the “I,” and it's under attack by other forces. The tumor is her mother's encampment, that controlling voice that holds her back.

In real life, Bechdel talks to her mother on the phone. Again, her mother has been trying to reach her via e-mail...

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