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I bet the most of you thought Monty Python was only good for a nice shallow laugh, didn't you? It's actually filled with lots of neat little hidden messages and allusions to writers and philosophies on life.

Take the first scene, for instance. The society has degrades to such an extent, that the doctors preforming the 'miracle of birth' are more worried about pleasing the inspector, than doing a good job. They bring out nonessencial, expensive machines that don't do anything just to impress him, the inspector is so stupid he doesn't know what the job of giving birth consists of, yet the doctors explain to him as if he were a child for the sake of appeasing their superiors, and, the strongest sign in this scene is the fact that they forget about the mother when it's all over. The whole scene reeks of assembly line work, as if they can't appreciate the miracle of life, and treat it instead as a job that needs to be done.

Next, take a look at the scene where the old couple are at a restraunt environment, yet what they order are conversations. This is a nice view of stupid people in their later years. The whole scene alludes to the quote from the great play 'Our Town' (which also happens to be about life in general), in which the husband stated something along the lines of "One thing I thought wouldn't work out in our marriage, is conversation. I thought we would run out of things to discuss within a week. In our 20 years of marriage, we have never ran out of things to discuss"*. Back at the other side of the spectrum, you have these old people, who lead such uneventful lives, that they have to actually buy conversation topics because they can't think of their own. Even when they do order one--Philosophy--they dislike it because they are too shallow to begin a conversation, or even to understand it, so they order a new one. You later see them in the final heaven scene, and, if I can remember correctly, they were gawking around like tourists snapping pictures with their camera, as if they can coast through the afterlife in their shallow eternity.

Next in line, comes the scene between, as far as I can tell, an American businessman and a British businessman in a cottage for dinner. Who should arrive, but Death himself! Again, anothey example of a shallow existance, where they don't even see death as a threat, and invite him in to their house. They continue with their shallow existance with death standing there until he finally throws the epiphany at them, that they are all dead. Again, another allusion to 'Our Town', in that they said they bought the salmon fresh, and it was supposed to be perfect. But, a person can take every possible precaution to prevent their death and extend their lifespan, but in the end they are going to die anyway. They went through the trouble of getting a fresh salmon, completely safe, yet it was probably a stupid reason that the salmon was poisoned, one that would kill anyone regardless of how cautious they are. They make their way to the afterlife, and another indication of how stupid, shallow, and lazy they are arise when they actually enter their cars because even when dead they are too lazy to take the trip to the afterlife.

Finally, one of the last scenes, in which a womanizer is to be executed by topless women, has a rather simple message. What goes around, comes around. A fitting way to deal with him, wouldn't you think?



*Note that I put a very general quotation there, due to my reading the play around a year ago, and inability to memorize quotes such as this word for word. Not that I am afraid the quote police will come to my house, but I am sure some people can be anal about such things.
In fact, this was all a short 45 minute job, feuled off memory and sudden realization.



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