dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

Why Mike acts old.....

As clio_1 reminds us, the Michael we left behind to look at a distorted version of his younger self comes across as a reactionary and deeply-closeted gay man; this is, of course, because he's the avatar of a blowhard who propounds values that were obsolete in her parents' day. The question is how would this would happen in real life. The only answer I can think of is to point to the bizarre intellectual isolation that surrounded him when he grew up; as I've noted before, John hates reading anything that isn't an instruction manual because he doesn't like to have his assumptions challenged and the sort of literature Elly does like is predicated on values that are as reactionary as she is, deep down. Since his resentful nature and refusal of most other parents to let their children anywhere near the crazy woman the dentist married keeping him from having too many friends and since he, too, doesn't read for fun, he never had a chance to see that there were other ways to live beside his own. Thus, when his time came. he was ready to become a faded photostat of John Patterson.

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