Morticia Addams and the GAME
Greetings Night Creatures.
Whenever I watch old Addams Family episodes on tape (which I just did recently) I’m inspired.
I'll just write. I'll just write free form.... I’ll just tell you all about my Morticia.
Inspired by a recent discussion on an online classic monster message board, I’ll answer the question, “If you could be stranded on a desert island with either Morticia Addams or Lily Munster, whom would you choose?”
To say that Morticia is above reproach would be wrong, to say that she is perfect would also be wrong, but some people have said, (especially when doing the inevitable Morticia vs. Lily Munster comparisons) that she's cold. Cold? Distant? How can a mother be cold and distant? Morticia's family IS her LIFE. She is entirely devoted to them, in every way. Her devotion to Gomez is firm and true and to her children she is the doting mother.
Yes, she truly is.
Watch as she frets on the troubles of Pugsley's joining the boy scouts, watch her weep with worry as little Wednesday runs away from home...see her beside herself as poor Pugsley is turned into a chimp!!! (Or so she and everyone else think)
She worries about spoiling the children, and over-indulging them too much. She knows that sending them to school is the best thing for them (even though Gomez wants to stay home and play with them all day). Morticia is a fine mother.... a great mother, and underneath that "cold and distant" facade, there is the warmest of hearts.
I think that it's easy to compare the two lovely ladies and instantly think Lily is the more motherly of the two. Lily cleans and cooks and does the chores and is a great middle class stay at home mother.
Morticia cooks (not because she has to but because she loves to please her family)
Morticia does not clean- (that's what butlers are for)
Morticia does chores- (but only so that she can feel good about a job well done.) And Morticia is an outstanding mother, upper class and rich regardless.... it affects her not.
Keep in mind that Morticia Frump was not always wealthy. Hester Frump (Morticia's mother) and Ophelia (Morticia's older sister) came to the Addams mansion to arrange a marriage to Gomez (and to receive his amazing wealth).
Alas, Ophelia was jilted at the altar (she actually fell for cousin Itt- that playboy!) and young Morticia Frump married Gomez that day in the Addams living room. 13 years they told their children the tale one dark and stormy night.
Morticia is artistic. Always has been. But in all fairness and honesty, she's not very good. She paints, she sculpts, she writes poetry and stories, she sings, and she does this very sexy bullfrog imitation that drives Gomez crazy. The bullfrog is a really strange thing that Carolyn Jones used to do quite well. It's a real turn to see the otherwise collected and moderate Morticia, smile a childlike mischievous grin and croak like a bullfrog.... her self-titillation is intoxicating.
Ok, since all you lascivious monster collectors are thinking about it...I'll talk sex.
Morticia and Lily are both sexual. In that way, they are more real and alive than most classic TV moms. Lily always seemed more earthy and real in her sex appeal. Odd that she is one of the undead and Tish is human.
Strange, but human.
As far as Morticia's supernatural abilities...
Morticia smokes. Literally. Wisps of smoke pour from her body as she concentrates dreamily, almost orgasm-like on the spell. Yes, I think she's magic...but not as adapt as Mama.
I would guess that Morticia can fly...(but straddling a broomstick) and while true, she's no stronger than a human, she is certainly deadlier.
Tish really enjoys being attractive and desirable. She flirts often (and not just with Gomez) but in a way that makes most people uncomfortable. There are moments of real passion between them and moments of clarity and love.
There is little doubt in MY mind that Morticia is the more sexually adventurous of the two ladies.... and the Addams bedroom must be a real kinky place in the dead of night when all the children are asleep.
Torture devices and restraints, sheer nightgowns and exotic perfumes, and that coy look are probably the norm in the Addams marriage bed. In an amazing juxtaposition, Tish is a bit of a prude outside of the bedroom, not tolerating bad language, ill thoughts, or violence towards anyone else. Even when she mistakenly thought (on a number of occasions) that Gomez was being unfaithful, she refused to resort to violence or revenge, but meekly accepted her fate with her gorgeous blue eyes red and tears streaming down those milky white cheeks. In her heart, she has very low self-esteem in herself, doubting herself in many things. That's when Gomez comes in to make her see the perfection of her heart.
She excels in the things that all good mothers excel at (loving her children, keeping them healthy and happy, teaching them well, and pleasing her husband), and a few things they don't (axe throwing in the living room, séances, and God knows what in the 'playroom') I know that bed of nails is used in creative ways....
A magnificent loving game is played between Gomez and Morticia every day. And a delicious marriage boosting game it is.
The intellectual conversations that often become bizarre and macabre, the smiles, the teasing, the French...(Oh Morticia knows what it does to her Latin lover and make no mistake, when the French just 'slips out' she knows EXACTLY what she's doing.)
There is a real togetherness and companionship that cannot be denied and without her husband and beloved family, Morticia would cease to be, the game would be over and she would wither away. She NEEDS her family; just as sure as Lily needs Herman.
Mother, lover, artist, exotic, sensible, petulant, silly, and sometimes, aloof.... Morticia Frump Addams is the one for me.
So Bon Voyage Lily, enjoy the boat ride to civilization, Morticia and I will be here on this moonlit beach, talking about vultures and art. And if I'm lucky, she'll make the bullfrog sound for me!
Oh, and for the record, sitting on the moonlit beach with Morticia Addams never would include any lascivious actions. I respect the sanctity of marriage (especially theirs) too much. I would merely thrill to a magic evening of her company, and perhaps she would teach me how to smoke.
Now Morticia FRUMP...well, all bets are off.
Morticia: What's this dear?
Gomez: That's a Sextant!
Morticia: (with a grin) My...wasn't he the naughty one?