8 comments on “On The Money, Gilligan’s Island as Economic Metaphor

  1. Just found this article. I enjoyed it immensely, but I wonder whether every portion of your interpretation is spot on. It seems to me that the true metaphorical status of the show is to be found in the colors that the characters wear.
    Now, only three of them wear the same colors all the time, so they are the main metaphors. The Professor wears white on white, sanctifying the power and influence of applied science, that is, technology. The Skipper wears blue and white, and Gilligan wears red, so that, together, as the crew of the S.S. Minnow, they represent the American Way. But since Gilligan is dressed in a brilliant red shirt, he obviously represents communism, and the importance of the proletariat, which the American spirit despises (hence the Skipper’s sadistic mistreatment of him) and yet needs for its survival (since only Gilligan seems to do any real work on the island).
    The Howells are there in their rich colors as an indictment of rampant capitalistic consumerism, the movie star with her sequins represents the ever-shifting nature of the entertainment industry’s attempts to blind the eyes of the working poor, and Mary Anne is there just because Dawn Wells was a real hottie.
    I trust that you and everyone who reads this will realize the truth of this short discourse and will kindly forget about the fact that the first season was filmed in black and white. Details, details….

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