dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

On bent fenders and submissive body language.

As you know, one of the most common and annoying sights in the strip is a character making that irritating, palms-down pleading gesture that looks so fake and stupid and silly, it hurts to look at. The reason for this is that the submissive, pleading stance makes no sense in the situations that Elly has to contend with. Given that Elly has never been threatened with physical harm and should not expect to be, the body language appropriate to a person desperately pleading with an aggressor to not deliver as bad an expected beating as he or she could makes no sense.

The problem is that it doesn't actually have to make sense. Remember when Elly expected John to explode with rage and beat her half to death over a dented fender? Remember how confused John was by her expectation that he become a punitive brute? What we know that he doesn't is that the narcissistic idiot he married has a fixation on being punished for made-up sins. The same self-hatred that makes her look in the mirror and see an unsightly tub of lard makes her think that people are trying to smack her around for making good-faith mistakes. She isn't aware of this and thus would angrily deny that the frightened child in her is making her block a blow to her vital organs but she's aware of so little about herself, it fits that she doesn't know why she slouches.
Tags: amazonian catfish tinfoil hat, elly versus herself

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