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24th Mar '16 4:22:25 PM KOman
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* ACupAngst: Tells Jamie about her high school insecurities in "Reese vs. Stevie".

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* ACupAngst: Tells Jamie about her high school insecurities in "Reese vs. Stevie".Stevie", one of which was stuffing toilet paper in her shirt. [[spoiler:She eventually realizes that it was ''Ida'' who was making her feel inadequate, not Lois herself.]]
24th Mar '16 4:06:06 PM KOman
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* ACupAngst: Tells Jamie about her high school insecurities in "Reese vs. Stevie".
19th Mar '16 2:10:19 PM KOman
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* LargeHam: Probably the hammiest member of the family, if not the entire show.
19th Mar '16 12:07:16 PM KOman
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** Hal had this to say when he formed an elaborate plan of vengeance against a garbage truck driver who'd been at odds with Hal:
-->'''Hal:''' Son, if you could just apply this kind of focus and determination to your ''schoolwork''... oh, that ship has sailed.
11th Mar '16 8:06:18 PM KOman
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* HateSink: She's a selfish, whiny, manipulative, bigoted jerk who everyone hates to have around.
10th Mar '16 1:45:55 PM BlindJustice-2515
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* BerserkButton: do NOT mock or humiliate her sons!

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* BerserkButton: do NOT BerserkButton:
** Motorcycles and anything that resembles them are non grata is Lois' house.
** NEVER
mock or humiliate her sons!sons, or she will make you pay.
22nd Jan '16 11:57:30 AM Phred
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In a flashback she is seen as a meek mother that a young Francis walks all over due to her desperation to not be a horrible mother like her own mother. This continues until she definitively becomes the Lois we know today when she notices Francis playing with lighter fluid and matches.
-->'''Lois''': ''(Taking away the matches and a teddy bear Francis spilled fluid on)'' Fire. Is. Dangerous. ''(Takes the teddy bear and thrusts it into the fireplace, holding it there as it burns)'' Fire can hurt you. Fire can ''kill'' you. I will not let that happen. Let me make one thing clear: I love you, and I will do whatever I have to to take care of you and keep you safe, and happy, and alive. I don't care if you grow up to hate me, but you will understand this: I. Will. Do. Anything. That is how much I love you.
19th Jan '16 5:30:51 AM annette12
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* ButtMonkey
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Lady Out]]: To Lois.

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* ButtMonkey
ButtMonkey: "Life is unfair", after all. Bad things never stop happening to him and his family.
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Lady Out]]: CallingTheOldManOut: To Lois.



* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: Always, always snidely fuming at everyone and everything.



* HollywoodDateless
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex

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* HollywoodDateless
HollywoodDateless: Malcolm has plenty of dates and girlfriends in the show, (though none of these usually last more than one episode), but he's still always referred to as a pathetic loser with no social life.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplexInferioritySuperiorityComplex: While he acts condescending and smug about his intelligence, Malcolm is well aware that his genius intellect makes him an outcast, and is actually insecure as a result.



** JerkWithAHeartOfGold

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** JerkWithAHeartOfGold* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shown in many episodes. He can be self-serving and hypocritical, but he's also able to be a decent, caring person (even towards his family), depending on his mood.



* NotSoAboveItAll

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* NotSoAboveItAllNotSoAboveItAll: He's not always the voice of reason. He often joins his brothers in their antics.



* TheSnarkKnight: Always, always snidely fuming at everyone and everything. A couple episodes try to tackle this directly (with him trying to suppress his desire to grumble and condescend for various reasons) but ends up blowing up in his face (he gave himself an ulcer once by swallowing down too much snark).

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* TheSnarkKnight: Always, always snidely fuming at everyone and everything. A couple episodes try to tackle this directly (with him trying to suppress his desire to grumble and condescend for various reasons) but ends up blowing up in his face (he gave himself an ulcer once by swallowing down too much snark).



* TooDumbToLive: He's a genius but, like his brothers, often does moronic things.
** In a flashback he hangs his head over an open pair of scissors while Reese stands behind him, about to pop a balloon.

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* TooDumbToLive: He's a genius but, like his brothers, often does moronic things.
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things. In a flashback he hangs his head over an open pair of scissors while Reese stands behind him, about to pop a balloon.



* AbusiveParents: Aside from the well known FinancialAbuse, she is also implied to be physically abusive, given what Francis commented on what things his brothers should resist in regards to possible methods of extracting who burned her dress, and his resistance to a hazing from a cult on the military school resulted in their adopting Lois's methods. Of course, then again, given his obvious hatred for his mother, it's possible that he either lied about it or led himself to believe it.

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* AbusiveParents: AbusiveParents:
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Aside from the well known FinancialAbuse, she is also implied to be physically abusive, given what Francis commented on what things his brothers should resist in regards to possible methods of extracting who burned her dress, and his resistance to a hazing from a cult on the military school resulted in their adopting Lois's methods. Of course, then again, given his obvious hatred for his mother, it's possible that he either lied about it or led himself to believe it.



** Following the incident with the teddy bear mentioned above, Lois had calmly and firmly describe to baby Francis that from that point on she would do everything in her power to keep him and any other child she might have as safe as possible, regardless as to whether or not her kids would hate her for it. Lois knows very well how her kids feel about her parenting, but she legitimately does not care because she's willing to live with them hating her as long as they're safe and alive.
* ActionMom

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** Following the incident with the teddy bear mentioned above, Lois had calmly and firmly describe to baby Francis that from that point on she would do everything in her power to keep him and * ActionMom: Not a perfect mom by any other child she might have as safe as possible, regardless as to whether or not her kids would hate her for it. Lois knows very well how her kids feel about her parenting, means, but she legitimately does not care because she's willing to live with them hating definitely this. Best example of her as long as they're safe and alive.
* ActionMom
badassery is "Lois Strikes Back".



* CharacterDevelopment: Mostly revealed through flashbacks, it's apparent that she wasn't always such a harsh or abrasive person. In flashbacks she's shown occupying more traditionally feminine roles - while always opinionated and strong-willed she was apparently a cheerleader in college when she was dating Hal, and initially was quite sweet and tender about their growing family. Likewise he was apparently very reckless and self-destructive as a young man, drinking and smoking and getting into fights, but she eventually beat that out of him. Parenting seems to have changed both of their personalities in a noteworthy way, it made Hal bewildered and hapless, where it made Lois volatile and vindictive.

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* CharacterDevelopment: CharacterDevelopment:
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Mostly revealed through flashbacks, it's apparent that she wasn't always such a harsh or abrasive person. In flashbacks she's shown occupying more traditionally feminine roles - while always opinionated and strong-willed she was apparently a cheerleader in college when she was dating Hal, and initially was quite sweet and tender about their growing family. Likewise he was apparently very reckless and self-destructive as a young man, drinking and smoking and getting into fights, but she eventually beat that out of him. Parenting seems to have changed both of their personalities in a noteworthy way, it made Hal bewildered and hapless, where it made Lois volatile and vindictive.



* DarkAndTroubledPast

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* DarkAndTroubledPastDarkAndTroubledPast:



** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In earlier episodes, then she started to become more like a {{Jerkass}} in season 3, and reserves it to Reese in seasons 6 and 7.

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** * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: In earlier episodes, then she started to become more like a {{Jerkass}} in season 3, and reserves it to Reese in seasons 6 and 7.



* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Lady Out]]: Frequently rebels and insults Lois, and it is heavily implied that it is for no other reason than just to spite her.

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* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Lady Out]]: CallingTheOldManOut: Frequently rebels and insults Lois, and it is heavily implied that it is for no other reason than just to spite her.



* ForTheEvulz: Francis basically committed his delinquent behavior either to spite his mother (who told him not to do them) or just for the heck of it.
** In one episode, Francis has Malcolm and Reese attempt to determine who is the "better brother" by having them do his chores and schoolwork. When they realize that getting the other brother grounded is a much more effective way to win than doing Francis' chores, Francis notices this and finds it equally as amusing. The kicker is that Francis reneges and takes a girl he just met instead.

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* ForTheEvulz: Francis basically committed his delinquent behavior either to spite his mother (who told him not to do them) or just for the heck of it.
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it. In one episode, Francis has Malcolm and Reese attempt to determine who is the "better brother" by having them do his chores and schoolwork. When they realize that getting the other brother grounded is a much more effective way to win than doing Francis' chores, Francis notices this and finds it equally as amusing. The kicker is that Francis reneges and takes a girl he just met instead.



* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold

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* {{Jerkass}}
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold
{{Jerkass}}: Before CharacterDevelopment in later seasons, he was disrespectful, selfish, and rebellious.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He eventually emancipated himself and became a generally nice person (although he seemed to go back on being a {{Jerkass}} after he got fired from the dude ranch).



* NeverMyFault: He tries to pin (almost) all of his faults on his mother. In fact, he was legitimately stumped when his C.O. told him to think of one thing that he did wrong that he doesn't blame on his mother. The only time he actually did admit to wrongdoing without blaming his mother or anyone else was when he admitted that it was his fault that his brothers turned out the way they did.

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* NeverMyFault: NeverMyFault:
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He tries to pin (almost) all of his faults on his mother. In fact, he was legitimately stumped when his C.O. told him to think of one thing that he did wrong that he doesn't blame on his mother. The only time he actually did admit to wrongdoing without blaming his mother or anyone else was when he admitted that it was his fault that his brothers turned out the way they did.



* BookDumb: He's shown, more often than not, to be an ingenious planner, and it's sometimes implied that he's much [[SmarterThanYouLook Smarter Than He Looks]], but just doesn't apply himself.

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* BookDumb: BookDumb:
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He's shown, more often than not, to be an ingenious planner, and it's sometimes implied that he's much [[SmarterThanYouLook Smarter Than He Looks]], but just doesn't apply himself.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Yeah, he's a bully, but he being the "alpha-bully" he declared the disabled Stevie off-limits for bullies (including himself, unless Stevie partakes on the abuse of his own volition). In fact, making sure the other bullies respected his standards eventually became his reason to retain his alpha-bully status.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Yeah, he's a bully, but he being the "alpha-bully" he declared the disabled Stevie off-limits for bullies (including himself, unless Stevie partakes on the abuse of his own volition). In fact, making sure the other bullies respected his standards eventually became his reason to retain his alpha-bully status.



** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Started to get better as shown in TookALevelInKindness below.

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** * JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Started to get better as shown in TookALevelInKindness below.



* WouldHitAGirl: His response to wrestling a girl for a tournament was "I get to beat up a girl. Cool." [[IWasBeatenByAGirl She hands him his ass]].

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* WouldHitAGirl: WouldHitAGirl:
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His response to wrestling a girl for a tournament was "I get to beat up a girl. Cool." [[IWasBeatenByAGirl She hands him his ass]].



* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Parents Out]]: He frequently manages to get revenge against Hal and Lois whenever they neglect him or treat him unfairly. Hal forgot his birthday led to Dewey publicly shaming him in front of every single attendee at a Bridal expo. Lois saying she couldn't get a vital component to a science experiment (which led to Dewey failing) resulted in Dewey {{Gaslighting}} her. And for the most part, he actually gets away with it.

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* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Parents Out]]: CallingTheOldManOut: He frequently manages to get revenge against Hal and Lois whenever they neglect him or treat him unfairly. Hal forgot his birthday led to Dewey publicly shaming him in front of every single attendee at a Bridal expo. Lois saying she couldn't get a vital component to a science experiment (which led to Dewey failing) resulted in Dewey {{Gaslighting}} her. And for the most part, he actually gets away with it.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Early in the series. Comes back a couple of times in later seasons when he loses himself in his own fantasies while telling stories to Jamie.
** Also, when Hal opens up a hair boutique in the kitchen, he arranges to keep the hair.

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* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Early in the series. Comes back a couple of times in later seasons when he loses himself in his own fantasies while telling stories to Jamie. \n** Also, when Hal opens up a hair boutique in the kitchen, he arranges to keep the hair.



* IgnoredEpiphany: Tried to explain one to Reese and Malcolm in ''Buseys Run Away''. After finally being put in a normal classroom, Dewey lacks the drive to commit heinous pranks with his brothers like he used to. Therefore, he starts bonding with Lois while Malcolm and Reese keep getting punished. They don't understand what's going on, and Dewey tries to explain that the reason Lois is acting so nice to him, is that he hasn't done anything stupid or destructive, so she hasn't needed to punish him. "It's not her, it's us." His brothers didn't get what he was saying and automatically assumed he's become Lois' spy.
** The epiphany turns out to be wrong when it turns out Lois is treating him differently only because he managed to move back to the regular class.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: Tried to explain one to Reese and Malcolm in ''Buseys Run Away''. After finally being put in a normal classroom, Dewey lacks the drive to commit heinous pranks with his brothers like he used to. Therefore, he starts bonding with Lois while Malcolm and Reese keep getting punished. They don't understand what's going on, and Dewey tries to explain that the reason Lois is acting so nice to him, is that he hasn't done anything stupid or destructive, so she hasn't needed to punish him. "It's not her, it's us." His brothers didn't get what he was saying and automatically assumed he's become Lois' spy.
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spy. The epiphany turns out to be wrong when it turns out Lois is treating him differently only because he managed to move back to the regular class.



* PapaWolf: Dewey will do everything in his power to protect and nurture the kids in the special classroom, because no one else is willing to.
** Also to his younger brother, even tricking his own parents to ensure that the younger brother gets the attention from his parents that he himself never got because they were always to busy dealing with their more troublesome kids.

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* PapaWolf: Dewey will do everything in his power to protect and nurture the kids in the special classroom, because no one else is willing to.
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to. Also to his younger brother, even tricking his own parents to ensure that the younger brother gets the attention from his parents that he himself never got because they were always to busy dealing with their more troublesome kids.



* WickedCultured: Dewey is the most cultured, sophisticated and artistically inclined member of his family (and clearly the second most intelligent), and arguably the most devious.
** Lois realizes it's likely Dewey that was GasLighting her because she knew Reese couldn't possibly have kept it a secret for so long and Malcolm didn't have the patience he did.

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* WickedCultured: Dewey is the most cultured, sophisticated and artistically inclined member of his family (and clearly the second most intelligent), and arguably the most devious.
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devious. Lois realizes it's likely Dewey that was GasLighting her because she knew Reese couldn't possibly have kept it a secret for so long and Malcolm didn't have the patience he did.



* EnfantTerrible: He's so bad that he actually manages to break his mother's spirit.
** Subverted as this behavior was because of Reese giving him energy drinks.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: From stealing from the neighbors, to nearly killing his mother, he's proven himself to be as big as a threat as his brothers.
** Subverted with nearly killing Lois, as that was because Reese was giving him energy drinks.

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* EnfantTerrible: He's so bad that he actually manages to break his mother's spirit.
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spirit. Subverted as this behavior was because of Reese giving him energy drinks.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior: From stealing from the neighbors, to nearly killing his mother, he's proven himself to be as big as a threat as his brothers.
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brothers. Subverted with nearly killing Lois, as that was because Reese was giving him energy drinks.
14th Jan '16 10:21:09 PM etherbunny
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* ThisCannotBe: Malcolm displays this attitude any time he tries to tackle the arts and fails. One of the earlier examples is when he buys a guitar and his mother explains to him that he'll end up returning it, because he takes after her and his mind just doesn't work that way. Although she turns out to be correct [[spoiler:(his magnum opus is the melody from a cat food commercial)]], he doesn't remember this and tries again a few times. He takes a music appreciation class in the expectation that it will be an 'easy A', but it becomes evident that he's totally inept when he fails the first assignment and the teacher writes 'it's obvious you didn't even listen to it' when in fact he did. He's unable to connect emotionally to music or even understand what the music is attempting to provoke in its audience. What would otherwise be seen as basic jealousy toward his brother Dewey, who is a musical savant, seems more like a tantrum when compared to the considerable gifts he already has. It seems that he just can't stand the idea that there's anything he's not good at, and he devalues Dewey's talents as less important (and deafens him temporarily out of vindictiveness). It's partly jealousy but also disbelief that he could fail at something of any value. He seems to appreciate the arts only when he is successful, [[spoiler: as he was with dancing]].

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* ThisCannotBe: Malcolm displays this attitude any time he tries to tackle the arts and fails. One of the earlier examples is when he buys a guitar and his mother explains to him that he'll end up returning it, because he takes after her and his mind just doesn't work that way. Although she turns out to be correct [[spoiler:(his magnum opus is the melody from a cat food commercial)]], he doesn't remember this and tries again a few times. He takes a music appreciation class in the expectation that it will be an 'easy A', but it becomes evident that he's totally inept when he fails the first assignment and the teacher writes 'it's obvious you didn't even listen to it' when in fact he did. He's unable to connect emotionally to music or even understand what the music is attempting to provoke in its audience. What would otherwise be seen as basic jealousy toward his brother Dewey, who is a musical savant, seems more like a tantrum when compared to the considerable gifts he already has. It seems that he just can't stand the idea that there's anything he's not good at, and he devalues Dewey's talents as less important (and [[spoiler:(and deafens him temporarily out of vindictiveness).vindictiveness)]]. It's partly jealousy but also disbelief that he could fail at something of any value. He seems to appreciate the arts only when he is successful, [[spoiler: as he was with dancing]].
14th Jan '16 10:20:09 PM etherbunny
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* ThisCannotBe: Malcolm displays this attitude any time he tries to tackle the arts and fails. One of the earlier examples is when he buys a guitar and his mother explains to him that he'll end up returning it, because she takes after him and his mind just doesn't work that way. Although she turns out to be correct [[spoiler:(his magnum opus is the melody from a cat food commercial)]], he doesn't remember this and tries again a few times. He takes a music appreciation class in the expectation that it will be an 'easy A', but it becomes evident that he's totally inept when he fails the first assignment and the teacher writes 'it's obvious you didn't even listen to it' when in fact he did. He's unable to connect emotionally to music or even understand what the music is attempting to provoke in its audience. What would otherwise be seen as basic jealousy toward his brother Dewey, who is a musical savant, seems more like a tantrum when compared to the considerable gifts he already has. It seems that he just can't stand the idea that there's anything he's not good at, and he devalues Dewey's talents as less important (and deafens him temporarily out of vindictiveness). It's partly jealousy but also disbelief that he could fail at something of any value. He seems to appreciate the arts only when he is successful, [[spoiler: as he was with dancing]].

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* ThisCannotBe: Malcolm displays this attitude any time he tries to tackle the arts and fails. One of the earlier examples is when he buys a guitar and his mother explains to him that he'll end up returning it, because she he takes after him her and his mind just doesn't work that way. Although she turns out to be correct [[spoiler:(his magnum opus is the melody from a cat food commercial)]], he doesn't remember this and tries again a few times. He takes a music appreciation class in the expectation that it will be an 'easy A', but it becomes evident that he's totally inept when he fails the first assignment and the teacher writes 'it's obvious you didn't even listen to it' when in fact he did. He's unable to connect emotionally to music or even understand what the music is attempting to provoke in its audience. What would otherwise be seen as basic jealousy toward his brother Dewey, who is a musical savant, seems more like a tantrum when compared to the considerable gifts he already has. It seems that he just can't stand the idea that there's anything he's not good at, and he devalues Dewey's talents as less important (and deafens him temporarily out of vindictiveness). It's partly jealousy but also disbelief that he could fail at something of any value. He seems to appreciate the arts only when he is successful, [[spoiler: as he was with dancing]].
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