dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

A matter of distrust.

I think that it's safe to say that as a group, the Pattersons are terrible judges of character. John is a lazy so-and-so who, in an effort to save time, assigns people behavioural characteristics and reacts in the negative when they insist on being who they really are instead of who he'd like them to be. Elly is a vain, stupid person whose short-circuited logic makes her confuse how she feels about what people do with their intent. While I'll get to asocial, jealous loner Liz in a second, I think that it's rather obvious that Mike misreads people because of a negative form of trust. Deep down, he assumes that sooner or later, people will betray him so that they can laugh at him because no one in the world actually wants him to be happy because for reasons that he can't fathom, Mommy kept tellin'him to go'way because she was HAPPY before HE came along.

What I can't stress enough is that eventually, this breaks his friendship with Lawrence beyond repair. Remember, the mushhead had to have Elly sit him down and explain to him that no, Lawrence wasn't hiding his orientation to make a big fool out of him. Since Elly is dumb and never learns from the past, it's obvious that she honestly thought that advice actually took. She should have known better because every time things don't go Mike's way, he assumes that someone is trying to kick him in the teeth and cruelly mock him for wanting to be loved and accepted and happy. Since he's still essentially the gloomy, melodramatic five year old who wailed that no one loved him really because he had to clean up by himself, he's sort of too preoccupied with searching for enemies to realize that he's the Son shining in Liz's eyes and wouldn't believe it if you told him.
Tags: mike patterson: universal idiot

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