dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,
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dreadedcandiru2

Susie and the Little Red-haired Girl.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that Charlie Brown has, to coin a phrase, let Stalin into his soul; you’d have to be fairly inured to the prospect of being regimented if, at eight years of age, your fondest dream in all the world was to drive the cross-town bus. Since he’s got his life all planned out, it should come as very little surprise that he obsess over an unrequited crush like a man in his early twenties. Calvin, on the other hand, is by no means adult; he almost thinks of his parents as being a different species than he is. He looks at them with their wrinkled, sagging faces, their sour attitudes, their inability to have fun, their hatred of his having fun, their obsession with mysterious things called mortgages and insurance premiums and thinks that becoming an adult is a far more horrifying transformation than anything he’s seen in the comics. This is pretty much why he avoids the company of Susie Derkins and more or less regards her as an enemy; to him, she’s not just a gross, slimy old girl, she’s a collaborator bent on turning him into another grey-faced adult who hates kids like him. This is because the Calvin we saw was not old enough to realize that a parent can love a child but at the same time not like the things he does. Once he managed to separate his parents' immediate reaction to his odd behavior from how they feel about him as a person, Susie probably became more tolerable company.

Tags: calvin, the children of the void.
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