Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oct 29th: Peanuts & the Great Pumpkin

Hello Everyone!

Today’s comic is in the spirit of Halloween featuring Sally Brown and Linus from the Peanuts.

Comic Breakdown

“This is what I believe…I believe that the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch on Halloween night and flies through the air bringing with him toys for all the children of the world!” 
– Linus

“That’s what I believe…what do you think? – Linus asking Sally Brown

“I think you have very nice eyes, and you are completely out of your mind!” – Sally Brown to Linus

What is Linus talking about?

All children in the United States of America and Canada know that the tradition on Halloween night is to dress up and go out Trick or Treating for candy.  Or if you do not Trick or Treat many people will still dress up and go to a party to dance and play games with friends.

This comic is funny because Linus celebrates and believes in a Halloween tradition that no one else believes in.  He has also mixed up or misunderstood his holidays.  Linus has mixed up the Great Pumpkin, an imaginary holiday figure that gives gifts to all the children of the world, with Santa Claus!

While the other children go Trick or Treating Linus sits and waits at the Pumpkin Patch dutifully the way that other children wait dutifully for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. 

In conclusion, this comic is funny because it shows how important one’s beliefs are even if others do not believe in you.  Sally Brown really likes Linus but she does not believe his beliefs about the Great Pumpkin. Also, it shows how easy it is to mix up one belief with another; in this case Halloween with Christmas.

Today’s images are from here, here, here, and here.

Note: The Great Pumpkin is an imaginary holiday figure that only exists in the world of Peanuts. Also, the only person that believes in the Great Pumpkin is Linus.  The Great Pumpkin is not an actual imaginary Halloween figure but because of the popularity of Charlie Brown and Peanuts the imaginary figure has gained recognition in the last few decades. 

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