dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly Patterson: Victimism is the mother of muddled thinking.

As we all know, John's constant, unjustified belief that he's always in the right means that he doesn't think about things too much. His inability to reflect on the world means that he's racing around with a head filled with faulty conclusions. This puts him slightly ahead of his wife who does a lot of thinking but is as confused as he is. Elly's problem is that there is something she doesn't want to see that makes the end result or her ruminations as useless as John's smirking no-think: she wants to avoid having to realize that she must share the blame for the mess her life is. Despite what she tries to tell herself, nobody forced her to marry John, have children, quit school, get a dog or all the other things she whines about. Her will to evade blame distorts how she sees the world and makes her look out of touch with her surroundings. It also means that the relatively guiltless have to be punished for things they didn't do. Since she can't admit she screwed her life up, she must control the lives of everyone around her.
Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self

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