dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Smiling Damned Pattersons.

You can't look at the strip for as long as I have without noticing certain attributes the Pattersons have; one of them is that they have a rather tedious habit of revealing their feelings by their somewhat extreme facial expressions. The expressions that I associate with the Pattersons are as follows: the open-mouthed yell of blind rage, the scream of panic, the snarly frown of resentment, the goggle-eyed glare of horror and crying after being mistreated. The expressions I do not see are the cheery smile of someone content with his or her lot in life or the self-deprecating laugh at his or her folly. The only time I see someone smile or laugh is when that someone has either gone out of his or her way to be a complete shit to someone else or is contemplating an antisocial act.  The reason, of course, is that the Pattersons aren't actually happy with their lot in life; John pays the same price for his vigilance against admitting to an imperfect understanding of the world as Mike and Elly do for their sullen (and false) pride and nasty disposition and Liz does for her inaction and conspiracy thinking; we've thirty years of proof that they've traded away the ability to enjoy life for the phony crown of being obnoxious jerks. The closest they come to the happiness they won't allow themselves is schadenfreude.  
Tags: pattersons vs the world

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