Materialism and Greed: The Real Monsters in Poltergeist
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February 27, 2014
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The external threat of the poltergeists that the Freelings face is merely a metaphorical threat that represents how greed and materialism can lead to the destruction of a successful family.
The Freelings are meant to represent the American dream, or at least "phase one" of it, in that they have achieved success on many levels, more specifically that of financial success...
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They are a traditional nuclear family with dad as the breadwinner, mom as the nurturing housewife, three kids, and a family dog. They have a very nice home with more than enough money to buy whatever stuff they want. Although they are free and unrepressed in many ways, in other ways they are also enslaved by those same material elements...
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