Gilligan's Island Connection
"Just sit right
back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that
started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship. The
mate was a mighty sailor man, the skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day for a three-hour tour.
A three-hour tour.
The weather started getting rough; the tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would
be lost. The ship struck ground on the shore of this uncharted
desert isle, with Gilligan, the Skipper too, the millionaire
and his wife, the movie star, the professor and Mary Ann,
here on Gilligan's isle."
In 1965, the American public was first treated to the whimsical
story of Gilligan and six other hapless castaways, trapped
on a small Pacific island after their pleasure cruise ends
in a violent shipwreck. During the show's three-year run (ninety-eight
episodes), the island's inhabitants attempted to leave the
island by broadcasting radio messages, sending smoke signals,
repairing the Minnow, building a raft, and fixing a deep diving
suit to permit Gilligan to walk along the ocean floor back
to Hawaii. They were visited by headhunters, a wayward trans-atlantic
stunt pilot, and astronauts in a returning moon capsule. A
television special brought the entire Harlem Globe Trotters
to the island. Yet the castaways were strangely unable to
get off the island, apparently doomed to spend eternity in
each other's company.
In fact, what seemed to be perfectly disarming, if somewhat
frustrating, situation comedy was a representation of a Sartre-like
nether-world in which the characters represent the Seven Deadly
Sins, forced in the days after Armageddon (in the form of
the Flood) to live in unceasing torment with each other. The
viewers witness the characters' eternal damnation through
Gilligan, a name derived from the Scottish "gillie", a hunting
or fishing guide. Also symbolizing the sin of Sloth, Gilligan
has fallen among the other sinners through his own inability
or unwillingness to escape. In the show, it is almost always
Gilligan who unwittingly sabotages the castaways' attempts
One interpretation of the Gilligan's Island/Deadly Sins correspondence:
Pride - the Professor
Covetousness - Mr. Howell
Lust - Ginger
Anger - Mrs. Howell
Gluttony - the Skipper
Envy - Mary Ann
Sloth - Gilligan