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Spite - Part 2

Posted on 2012.08.16 at 22:00


Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2012-08-18 18:54 (UTC) (Lien)

My experience with spiteful people...

is that they're trying to preserve an illusion of power and control (if only to themselves) when they actually have none. In doing so, they actually show others that they are small, petty pathetic trolls.

In Laura Ingalls Wilder's On The Banks of Plum Creek, all the girls at Laura and Mary's new school play ring-around-the-rosy at recess, because that's what Nellie Oleson (mean girl and bully) wants. Laura , who is new to the school, suggests that they play something else, and the other girls enthusiastically agree. Nellie goes ballistic and starts pushing Laura around and pulling her hair. The other girls keep playing the new game, though, and Nellie eventually flounces off. That's how I view some of the spiteful people I know.

NB: Edited for punctuation.

Edited at 2012-08-18 18:56 (UTC)
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madman101 at 2012-08-18 19:35 (UTC) (Lien)

Re: My experience with spiteful people...

hi - my brain needs to deal w/ paragraph #2 later - but as for #1, I completely agree...

and I have been thinking about this, (even though I have misplaced two main ideas on it for the moment) - and one thought is similar: the game becomes so important that they must "WIN" at all costs, but the definition of "winning" has shifted to "cheating" - they don't see the dif, and feel safe that that the game continues to protect them

thanks - this is a topic i am sure to keep working on!!
Evil Tracey
eviltracey at 2012-08-18 20:01 (UTC) (Lien)
My interpretation on that passage: Nellie is angry because she can't get her own way. Instead of sucking it up and playing with the other girls, or flouncing out at that moment, she lashes out at Laura. In doing so, she confirms that she's a spoiled brat who actually doesn't have as much power in the schoolyard as she thinks she does.

(If you missed the books or the show, Nellie was the girl whose parents owned the one general store in the town. She's shown as being more affluent than her peers, and clearly thinks that this should give her power at her school.)</p>

It's amazing how many Nellie Olesons there are, and how many people related to Laura Ingalls' conflict with her. It certainly affected Alison Arngrim, who played Nellie on TV.

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