The bear represents your mother. If it's a big, ferocious bear and you are scared of it, then you felt the same way about your mother. And vica versa.
Cols and her mum are friends and she looks after her bear/mother.
Wannabeangua's bear/mother at first tries to look scary (maybe she shouted a lot) but not really. Her bark is bigger than her bite. She helps her mother when she's sick.
Mspanners commits matricide with his bear/mother, stabbing it with his bayonet. But, like King Felmet in Wyrd Sisters, he is haunted by the slaying and spirals down into a guilt-ridden Hell of his own making.
You find a key on the ground. Describe the key. What do you think it opens? Do you pick it up?