dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The Patterson and Food: Dinner-table as battle-ground...

Over the years, we've seen the Pattersons eat in a horrifyingly graceless manner. They may be said , by the aggressively noisy way they eat, to be attacking their food. I think sometimes that's not just hyperbole. Sometimes, I think they take out the hostility they keep bottled up out on their food. The classic strip we were shown is one of the earliest examples. In it we see John faking sympathy for his dieting wife and her sitting there not telling him to shut up. Instead, she swallows her rage, waits till he's sleeping and angrily devours the food she denied herself. Like Elly, the other Pattersons never compare notes about what's bothering them because they're too entrenched in their viewpoints to change. Since their lives are filled with frustration because they can't (or won't) figure out what is wrong with the people they live with and they don't want to directly confront them (That's not nice, you see), they have to release the anger somehow. When they're not yelling at things they secretly know to be irrelevances, they vent their awesome rage on innocent foodstuffs.
Tags: one big oblivious family

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