dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The expectation perplex.

As I reminded you yesterday, Elly likes to mindlessly copy Marian in all things, good or bad. Having shown you one good idea turned into something destructive because Elly doesn't understand why Marian did it, I'd like to show you the good habit Marian had that Elly turned into something terrible. Just as Marian spent the rest of her life baffled by the fact that Elly just upped and dropped out of University, Elly can't quite figure out why it is that Mike didn't take his trumpet lessons seriously. What she and Phil clearly expected to happen was that Mike was supposed to want to be inspired by how good the Marsalis brothers are and thus plug away until he masters the trumpet. This is because like Marian, they aren't going to realize that Michael is so intimidated by the man's technique that he decides on the spot that he is never going to be that good, the fact that Phil and Elly expect him to try his best means that they want to give up his childhood in a vain pursuit of perfection that he simply cannot deliver. This, I should think, is because they share Marian's belief in the one right way to teach trumpet and don't want to admit that children are not all the same. While it is true that Phil thrived under the sort of structured environment of band practice, Elly (despite what Marian wanted to believe) reacted to the presence of better people by giving up so as to avoid defeat and humiliation; since Mike seems to have inherited most of his personality from Elly, he too reacts to the possibility of losing by quitting.
Tags: elly on her cross, elly versus her family, grate grandmother marian, michael versus his parents, phil: bee and bop king

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