Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009 Marmaduke Analyzed

Marmaduke plays dead to lure the children within eating range.

At first glance it appears that Phil has reached his limit and finally killed the beast. However, Phil's daughter knows her dad better than that. Barbie completely understands that Phil is an ineffectual wimp. So she's telling her friend that Marmaduke is comfortable as long as he's in Phil's chair.

In reality, the dog is only comfortable if he's disrupting someone's life. In this strip he's not only taken over the chair, but he's creating a tripping hazard for anyone crossing the living room.

So what can we learn from this. Well, look at Marmaduke. He's egotistical, pompous and self-indulgent. He lives a very comfortable life, yet he performs no worthwhile function. His well-being is totally at the expense of the labors of others. yet he has no regard for the rights or desires of those who support him. If he were a human, he'd be a politician.

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