Steve wrote:I really don't think he commited suicide: I don't think a five year old would take the reasons given into consideration.
A five-year-old has feelings. I didn't talk about reasons being taken into consideration, I was trying to explain why he felt so bad.
If you say that Jeffty was already dead when mom came down, are you saying she killed him, and then later by accident the radio fell in as well?
What you say about the television sets is more or less what I meant, except I think the content was more important. He was assaulted by content he couldn't deal with, and he was unable to stop the assault due to the technology.
Not self-realization, or existantial angst, but fear, lack of hope, pain... (If two people misunderstand me it must be my fault.)
I think a five-year-old knows what electricity can do, especially one who listens to science fiction and mystery programs. Every kid learns early on not to take or drop electrical devices into the bathtub.
Fell in, slipped in... doesn't quite sound like a decisive ending Ellison would write. Precarious position... I can't quite picture it, because we're to assume Jeffty turned it on before he died and listened for a moment. What then, an earthquake?
Please quote the passage where mum is identified as a Jedi. Otherwise, "dropped in by mom" is out of the question.