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For Judy lipstick has both pleasurable and painful connotations Her conflict with her father stems from her wearing it and his rejection of it He looks at me like Im the ugliest thing in the world she tells an officer Her desire to get her fathers attention with lipstick is characteristic of the Electra complex she has for him Instead of showing his approval however he smears it off her lips and calls her a tramp Conversely he tells her that she is too old to kiss him I dont want to stop she says and when she kisses him on the lips he slaps her According to Fink whereas a fathers No functions for a man as a limit to his range of emotion and pleasures it is an elective partner for a woman her relationship to it allowing her to step beyond the boundaries set by language and beyond the pittance of pleasure language allows An endpoint for men No serves as an open door for women 107 But his resistance to her affection closes the door to the symbolic world that Judy seeks from her father If Jim and Judys parents are difficult to deal with at least they are home with their children Neither of Platos parents is ever seen Referring to Platos mother Platos housemaid says Seems like shes always going away somewhere About his father she remarks that they havent seen him now in a long time The only attention Plato receives from his father is a monthly child-support cheque Platos shooting of the puppies is an act of the imaginative as puppies are eventually abandoned by their mother and never know their father Even Jims offer to give Plato his jacket Its warm is subject to Platos scrutiny of and contempt for any paternal gesture of kindness The search for the father proves to be a learning experience for Jim Judy Plato and Jims parents
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