dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

John: from Snappy to Sappy.

One thing that you can't fail to motice is that after 1982 or so, John calms down quite a bit. In the first few years of the strip, he was the anal-retentive raw nerve we're currently looking at instead of the genial doofus most of us think of him as being. This is, of course, he was expected to grin like an idiot at his job when he felt like killing a patient or two. Since he denied himself a healthy outlet for his frustrations, he vented them on his blameless family. As his confidence as a dentist grew, he, unlike his more easily antagonized wife, grew a thicker skin. This worked out for him because he wasn't burning with suppressed rage all the time, just mild, free-floating hostility like most people have. That sort of anger isn't healthy. Look what it did to Elly. Speaking of Elly, she and the kids didn't have to endure his pissiness and profanity over non-events. Too bad he doesn't think he owes them an apology, though.
Tags: john: little tin god or petty tyrant?

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