October 30th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 31 October 2011

In today's strip, a two-year old's fear of what she can't help but see as monsters is played for laughs.

(Strip Number 329, Original Publication Date, 30 October 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Lizzie telling Elly that she wanna go out, wanna go; since Elly isn't nearly ready for the trick-or-treaters yet, she tells Lizzie to stay.

Panel 2: Given that waiting to do something she wants is not something that a child like her can do, she continues hollering that she wanna go out, wanna go, wanna when the door bell rings.

Panel 3: She opens the door to find a boy in a goblin mask and a girl in a witch costume looming over her and yelling "Trick-or-treat."

Panel 4: Given that she thinks that they really look like that and, since they're monstrously ugly, that they want to do bad things to her, she yells "WANNA STAY!!! WANNA STAY!!!:

Summary: This is what bothers me the most about trying to force children that tiny to participate in Halloween; it seems to me that sending a child too young to know what a disguise is and who's kinda afraid of everything out in an environment filled with scary monsters is sort of asking for trouble.