dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The Luggsworth Paradox.....

As you know, I've already covered why the arc ended on the bizarre note that it did. Given that Lynn is a bully, it makes sense to her that acknowledging the right of a vicious goon to demean, harass and smack people around is the only way to be granted the privilege of not being targeted by a school-yard mafioso. What really bothers me about the glorification of the ethos behind the protection racket is who we're supposed to feel sorry for: Michael. As we saw, he might not have intended to hit Brad but he did flick the eraser into the class on purpose because he was frustrated by the fact that his teacher had learned not to call on the disruptive little attention seeker who's so busy thinking that the rules do not apply to him that he doesn't bother to learn things.

I mean, if you're going to have a very special arc, it sort of makes sense to make the hero actually heroic. Michael, sadly, is anything but. Since our boy was never the lovable little scamp Lynn thinks that she's created and since he started it because he was being a different sort of jerk than the jerk Brad terrorized, it's sort of difficult to feel sorry for him. About the only really realistic part of all of this is that he made it easy for Brad to isolate him socially and thus cause the bystander effect that keeps the problem of bullying alive.
Tags: brad, perception versus reality

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