dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

A Dog's Eye View of the Pattersons.

As we all know, the children's books try to do something the strip never really does: tell us Farley's story from his perspective. Granted, the non-stop anthropomorphization and personfication get in the way but Lynn does try to see things his way. The reason that she fails so constantly in the strip is owing to an unwillingness to face what the family must look like to Farley. What it looks like is a bunch of large, angry, anxious creatures that either torment him for their own amusement or yell at him random intervals. Since most of his time was spent in Elly's presence and since she either yelled at him or growled at him when she wasn't kicking him, it seems to me that he'd end up associating any loud, aggressive noice with the sound of her shrill, hostile voice. The reason I think that is that it becomes a plot element in the strip. You see, at one point someone has the bright idea of training Edgar to not bark by playing a tape of his barking; the mental image he has when listening is associating the prerecorded barking to Elly standing around cursing at him for no reason he can see.
Tags: farley: chew toy of fate

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