The story lines follow common themes and conflicts

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The story lines follow common themes and conflicts that people are facing in their daily lives . For instance, Charlie Brown often feels neglected and left out by his friends, an inevitable experience children and adults have throughout life . By seeing these beloved characters struggling with similar issues as them, the Peanuts audience can be comforted by the commonality of these conflicts and be inspired to rise above them as Charlie Brown and the rest succeed in . In the peer- 6
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reviewed article “Reading Peanuts: The Secular and the Sacred”, this character loyalty that results from relatable traits is quoted from “Michaelis in Schulz Complete Peanuts”: Charlie Brown is loved because we recognize ourselves in Charlie Brown-his dignity-despite doomed ballgames, his endurance despite deep awareness of death, his stoicism in the face of life’s disasters-because he’s willing to admit that just to keep on being Charlie Brown is an exhausting and painful process (Lind, 27) . It is apparent that the characters of Peanuts are created as relatable and lovable, yet have an awareness of the darkness in life that is beyond their years . Although they are children, they face many of the same issues that individuals face in their adult-life . This way of using children allows for more serious content because the youthfulness adds a dulling contributor to the heavy material that the cartoons take on (Lind, 28) . Another belief to why Peanuts is so influential is Schulz’s use of children in his animation . As mentioned earlier, using children to portray adult situations allows for more serious content because of the light-hearted feel that children create . However, that is not the only reason why this child-focused cartoon works so well . There is also the simple appeal that a world directed by children has on society . With the absence of adults, stories are taken more casually . Therefore, despite the serious content that Peanuts often entail, the situations the characters find themselves in are taken in a comical way . An example of this serious content can be seen through Charlie Brown and his memorable quote on depression: 7
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This is my depressed stance . When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand . The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this (GoodReads) . The comical standpoint that the adult content is taken from is very clear in this sarcastic moment of Charlie Brown . The innocence that the child characters reflect is just the type of escapism that Schulz’s audience is longing for . By indulging in the life of Charlie Brown and the gang, readers and viewers are able to transport themselves into the simple world of Peanuts .
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