whiporee January 27, 2016 Share January 27, 2016 (edited) I don't think you an call what Fiona did ghosting. What Jimmy did to her was ghosting. Gus went on tour, he knew where she lived, and he made no contact with her, either. If anyone ghosted, it was Gus, not Fiona. But Fiona feels bad because she's got no self-esteem. She's got bravado, but not self esteem. and she's used to thinking of herself as the bad guy, even when she's trying as hard as she can to be the good one. They all have it -- one of the real differences between the British and the American versions is that the class system is so entrenched in Britain that the kind of situational self-loathing the Gallagher's situation incubates isn't a part of English culture, but it is a large part of the American one. Fiona thinks she's a bad person who does good instead of thinking she's a good person who sometimes does bad. So when her bitch little sister and her well-meaning friend accuse her of abhorrent behavior, her first instinct is to believe it. You can take it back to the thing with Mike -- his brother got her drunk and screwed her. She went over to end it and instead of saying okay, he screwed her again (she had a choice, but it wasn't as though she ripped his pants off). Then his brother used her as a pawn in his little family gamesmanship, and instead of listening to her, he just cut her off, letting her be shamed by his family when she was a victim of his family's little war. Then the brother left drugs on her coffee table. He was the unequivocal bad guy in that situation, but instead of getting in the face of Mike's sister and letting her know exactly what her sibling had done, Fiona took the blame because at her core, she believes she deserves it, just like the believes she deserved Gus's high-school assault and just like she's sure she deserves to being screwing a partially-recovered junkie. I don't think any of that is true -- I think Fiona's been a good person who at times has done questionable things. But she sees herself as the opposite, and until she changes that perspective, these things will continue to happen, and as they do, continue to make sense. Edited January 27, 2016 by whiporee 6 Link to comment
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