dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Nihilism for dummies: on the horrible luck of Charlie Brown.

 I think it's safe to say that Charlie Brown is consistent in that he has horrible luck; he never gets to kick the football, he never wins a ball game, his dog is an embarrassing anarchist, the Little Red-Haired Girl doesn't know he's alive, the Kite-Eating Tree lives up to its name, he's lost every board game he's ever played, Lucy, Violet and Not-Peppermint Patty pick on him non-stop and so on and so forth. This means, that since he was the central character up until that dog that embarrassed him by not being normal took over, the strip was pretty damned bleak reading. Why was he the embodiment of epic failure, you may ask? Simple; he was the avatar of a man who remembered that being a kid sucked. An adult, you see, can avoid nasty people like Lucy while a child is forced to be in her presence; similarly, unathletic adults have the option of living out their failed dreams of glory on the playing field through their children instead of subjecting themselves to humiliation and self-loathing. The strip began its decline into the sort of genteel irrelevance of the Woodstock era more or less the same time that Schulz started to forget how crappy it was growing up in Depression-era Minnesota. By the time he passed on, he'd even begun to wonder if perhaps he'd made Charlie Brown's lot too hard. Granted, he'd never reached the nadir of insisting that childhood is the best time of one's life because he still vaguely remembered asking "It gets worse??" but he might have had he lived as long as he'd hoped he would have. 
Tags: the children of the void.

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