dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Elly's displeasure principle

One of the things that I've noticed about the new-ruins is that Elly waits until she thinks that people aren't paying attention to laugh at the absurdities that she encounters. As I've said before, I don't think that she realizes that she's even allowed to smile and take pleasure in things. This goes beyond the pressure women are under to put the needs of others before themselves; her need to feel bad would be just as strong if no such imperative existed. I don't know if it's attributed to the stupidity I originally blamed or the honest misapprehension that enjoying herself too much (or, for that matter, at all) is a bad thing; all I do know is what the result is: a woman who not only cannot enjoy anything but violently resists being told that her life isn't a grim tapestry of disappointments. In a very odd way, John is, as howtheduck said, both tyrant and liberator at the same time; Elly, you see, views his attempts to get her to see that her world is not so bleak as she surmises as the cruelest of oppression.

Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self, jelly vs jstf, john - grinning weirdo

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