dsweeney wrote: There isn't a parallel in the relationships of Johnny Boy/ Tony and Tony/ Christopher, IMO. In the first, Tony is the SON but in the second he is the FATHER. Tony sees Chris as a SON , not as a father-figure that he can lash out at in unconscious rage. Surely uncle Jun, for instance, is a more worthy candidate as a father-figure who brought Tony in to a life of crime and therefore be the object of his unconscious rage ?
Actually, there is a parallel - Tony is to Chris as Chris's father Dickie was to Tony. He even admitted that in therapy to Melfi. While I'm not sure I agree with Fly's suggestion that killing Chris was a gesture to kill his own father, I can see how she might get there. Chris earlier tells Tony that Dickie was just a junkie and then reminds Tony of that same thing as he asks for a taxi. A connection to fathers is made right there.