August 22nd, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

The lovable (sore) loser.

One thing that one also has to give Schulz credit for is that he remembers that being gracious in defeat is an adult concept; no matter how lofty the topics for discussion are when his characters lean against the brick wall that seems to simply exist in the middle of nowhere, they still remind us that they're children by not taking losses at all well. The point man for that is, of course, Charlie Brown; since he's more or less an author avatar and Schulz was something of a sorehead, it's not hard to see that he means it when he says that mockery by Lucy's mob of girls or losses on the diamond sit in his stomach and burn. We can also praise him for having had the self-awareness to realize that a person like the Blockhead would be both a sympathetic and an incredibly annoying figure. I agree with his assumption that I'd grow tired of listening to his belly-aching and being an angst-ridden wet blanket.