Where Smith argues for a specific definition of the bombshell, one can ascertain again the metaphor of the woman's bikinied body as relocated and displaced bomb.
15] The bikinied body is indeed a subconscious recognition and displacement of destruction.
In Gojira, a ruined Tokyo takes the place of the bikinied body.
23] If Japan can be read as a body and Godzilla as a bomb, then the devastated Tokyo becomes the metaphor for domesticating and taming the trauma of the bomb, similar to what I have argued about the bikinied body as a displacement.
Also, within this particular film, the displacement from bomb to bikini does not quite exhibit complete control over the bikinied woman.
Within a few minutes, the audience realizes that the bikinied woman is actually a secretary in a bedroom at the Pentagon.
This scene resembles the way the film first guides our gaze to the bikinied secretary.
In the bikinied bodies of the secretary and the safe's contents, as well as the women in the "contingency plan," the seriousness of nuclear war gets assuaged, and the displacement of the bomb to the bikini becomes parodic.
By focusing the audience's attention on the wife's possible unfaithfulness, the nuclear threat assumes a supporting role, and when Helen's loyalty is no longer in question, that, in fact, she has initiated but not gone through with an affair, her bikinied body serves as a panacea for her bad behavior and equally tempers the later threat of nuclear destruction.
As the moon took away the flesh of its gazers, leaving their faces "Washed white as bone," the bikinied hunchback, "passing, draws their dreams away,/ And leaves them naked to the day.
A curious but telling detail about the bikinied Medusa is her artificially gold hair: "an old/ Robot pince-nez and hair dyed gold.
Myth on Mediterranean Beach" seems almost a retelling of Promises' "Foreign Shore, Old Woman, Slaughter of Octopus," which is yet another account of seeing an old woman on a Mediterranean beach, even if the woman is not bikinied but dressed in "peasant black.
The bikinied hunchback goes into that realm when, "moved by memory in the blood," she "Enters that vast indifferency/ Of perfection that we call the sea," and "lingers there/ [.
Yet he bears some resemblance to the bikinied hunchback, that "old/ Robot with pince-nez and hair dyed gold," especially about the eyes.