dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The Train Man: No Complaints.....

The more I look at John and his reaction to Jim's plight, the more it bothers me. This is because he praises Jim and Iris for not complaining about their lot. It would seem to anyone else in the world that they have every right to articulate their woes but not to Train Man. He was raised to believe that dummying up about his misfortunes was a good thing, that expressing discomfort was a sign of ingratitude. Since Jim cannot complain and Iris is too proud to do so, he thinks they are to be admired, not pitied. You'd think that after seeing how that line of thinking messed up his life, he'd rethink it but he doesn't. It took him years to realize that Elly actually was worried she was losing her grip on sanity, months to figure out that April had legitimate concerns about the Housening that needed to be addressed because he didn't like hearing complaints. Does he realize that he has a problem? Maybe, but the impluse to avoid facing up to what bothers him is too strong to resist.
Tags: john: little tin god or petty tyrant?

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