October 27th, 2020

Snarky Candiru2

Harridan/Human Shield: Meet The Duplicates.

What most people don't usually talk about when they look back at Elly's career of making bad decisions is that most, if not all, of her more questionable attitudes and behaviour patters stem from a desperate need to extract public praise from a mother burdened with the less than helpful preconceptions that her daughter knows that she is respected, thought well of and loved and that praise of any sort will be deleterious to her progress. Marian was never prepared to admit how stupid and literal-minded her child was because nothing in her upbringing and nothing in her cultural background allowed her to allow for the possibility of someone as totally fucking stupid as Elly Marian Richards.

The reason that I mention this is that it's damned obvious that as soon as Liz started being aware of who the people around her were and what they wanted out of life, she started seeing two people as being enemies: the older brother I refer to as a looming shape of nitwitted malice and aggression and the always-angry mother she appears to see as wanting to beat the fucking shit out of her for breathing too loudly. This means that most of Liz's life has been spent trying to not only defend herself from a mutt who can't share because deprivation in the least degree cannot be allowed but to also try to get the huffy dingbat with the martyrdom complex to admit that she's glad she had a daughter. Elly can't allow herself to be glad about anything because the psycho hose-beast sees contentment as an admission of defeat.
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Harridan/Slacker: Meet The Successor

As I've said before, John's inadequacies as a man drove a wedge between himself and Mike that will never go away. This amplifies the weird psycho-sexual rivalry all fathers have with their sons to a destructive level that guarantees that aside from sharing laddish traits like wisecrackery and insensitivity to the feelings of others, there's not much they have in common. This is made even more obvious by the fact that Mike looks a damned sight more like his maternal uncle and maternal grandfather than he does John or his dad.

The physical similarities he shares with Elly and her people have the annoying tendency to be far more than skin deep. John's tendency to trivialize Mike's aspirations appear to me to have their source in the need he has to downplay or make light of any ambition Elly might have towards a career not oriented towards the domesticity she's a poor fit for. What he blinds himself to is that most of the reason Mike and Elly clashed was that unlike him, Elly has too much in common with Michael to have much patience with his younger self. The older he gets, the more she can relate to him and the farther away he gets from the asshole who might as well be classified as 'sperm donor' (more or less like how Elly might as well be classified as 'single parent').