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luigirovatti's avatar

Why is Charlie Brown unlucky?

Asked by luigirovatti (538points) October 9th, 2017

Did Schulz ever explain that (maybe in a interview)?

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Because somebody has to be the loser.

zenvelo's avatar

Was Charlie Brown unlucky? I don’t think so. He had lots of friends who cared about him (Linus, Schroeder,Pig-Pen, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, and more). He had a wonderful dog!

To the extent that Charlie Brown represented Charles Schulz’s id, Schulz battled depression for much of his life. And yes, he did describe that in an interview:

“Schulz admitted in interviews that, like Charlie Brown, he had often felt shy and withdrawn in his life. In an interview with Charlie Rose in May 1997, Schulz observed, “I suppose there‚Äôs a melancholy feeling in a lot of cartoonists, because cartooning, like all other humor, comes from bad things happening.”

luigirovatti's avatar

They tease him, for the most part. The only real friend is Linus. Snoopy is a bit mischievous and like to write stories, mostly.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Lucy is his bad luck.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

Anyone with such a wonderful, loving dog is very lucky.

Zaku's avatar

As in real life, bad luck is largely a matter of perspective and how we think and feel about it.

(Demonstrating this so people can see and reflect upon their own thoughts and feelings always seemed like one of the most brilliant thing about Peanuts, even when I was a little kid reading it.)

Jeruba's avatar

Because he’s Everyman. Easy to identify with. He perpetually comes up short but keeps on trying.

ScottyMcGeester's avatar

because it’s funny

Patty_Melt's avatar

@luigirovatti, I would argue his friendship staus with you.
Peppermint Patty is wild about him.
Several little friends support him, though they kick up some dust when he messes up. Friends do that, even grown up friends, sometimes, pointing the blame finger.
They rallied around him at Christmas, and nurtured his chosen tree.

zenvelo's avatar

@luigirovatti No kid that is disliked is captain/manager of the baseball team, and pitcher too. He may never beat the other team, but the whole gang of kids know he is their leader.

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