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Are You My Mother? Setting & Symbolism

Alison Bechdel
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Therapy

Bechdel has spent much of her adult life in therapy. She sees it as an answer to untying the knots in her mind that make her tense and unhappy. It could be argued that her constant reading and thinking about therapy could be causing some of this anxiety.

Acting

Both Bechdel and her mother took part in some kind of acting. As a child, Bechdel was in a church performance. She looked out of character and self-conscious even then. Her mother, on the other hand, could have gone professional if she didn't feel the need for creating a life for her husband and children. She gets lost in her roles, and even loses herself while watching a good performance.

Journals

Both Bechdel and her mother keep journals. Bechdel records things almost to provide a historic record of her life. Her mother writes things down as more of...

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