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I’m really getting a kick out of the fact that Johan enjoys his nakedness so much. Though lots of guys I know will sleep naked, not many of them also play guitar that way. Guess he just likes to be free.
While he may have his own interests in mind, he also is looking out for Maria. He doesn’t want a kid obviously, but I think he knows that Maria IS too young and he believes in her talents as an artists and wants her to have something better than the small town life.
I don’t think he’s being a douche, in fact I think he’s being rather noble in an odd way. He’s not kicking her out, he’s showing her that there’s more options for her life.
Really, Bjorn is supporting Maria. Sure, there’s some selfishness to it, but I think that ultimately he wants what’s best for her too.
Yeah, but he doesn’t realize that he is trying to get her to “pull a Tina” and get an abortion and being anything like Tina is the last thing she wants.
Of course it might be best for her, but Björn is ignoring her emotional background in that matter. He makes things too simple.
Everyone has a breaking point – obviously we’re all aware of Maria’s emotional background but at the same time she is being incredibly difficult – not in the idea that she doesn’t want an abortion, but that she assumes Bjorn is sabotaging her. I’d like to think his intention in finishing her Konstfack piece wasn’t so that she’d get an abortion. He may not want the kid but it appears he’s already committed to sticking around/actually cares (remark about the place not being big enough). I don’t think he hopes to illicit an abortion by encouraging her to pursue a life outside of their dinky town.
Maybe Bjorn doesn’t know about the whole ‘Tina abortion’ fiasco. I mean, the Holm siblings aren’t really the ‘talk about yourself’ type of people considering Anders doesn’t know that Maria was pregnant long before she met him and also the incident that lead up to Anders eventual cheating on Maria. Not that I think if she really explained herself he would have listened and not brush her feelings, of course.
Getting into that school was Maria’s dream. While many seem to think Bjorn is doing something to ‘get out of growing up/having a baby’ I think he’s doing the right thing by at least making her go to the interview.
At this point Maria is still very emotionally immature it seems…hell, I think the whole comic she has been defined by emotionally striking out without thinking. She is still a kid herself, I don’t think being a mother would’ve been best for her.
I think a lot of her resentment is from him going behind her back to make a submission to Konfstack (which I am fairly certain I just misspelled). She had just come to terms with destroying her last portfolio piece, insuring her rejection from the school, by way of starting a family. That in turn probably has issues stemming from her own childhood. Then she finds out Bjorn altered her work , and in a way that pokes fun of the supposed weirdos in charge. Now, she will never know if she would have gotten in on her own merits, whether he is trying to pawn her off, and is also facing a sort of family destruction. Then again, I probably just spend too much time analyzing fictional web characters.
why does everyone assume that it’s either an abortion or giving up college? School AND having a kid isn’t feasible for Maria, but don’t they have adoption agencies in Sweden?
Maria wouldn’t have to kill the baby- in fact she would quite possibly be giving the kid a much better life than if she tried to raise it- and she wouldn’t have to give up on HER life, either.
BAM! comic over. Just kidding.
Get well soon, Rene. I assume you’re going to do something crazy and awesome with the plot that no one’s thought of and will blow all our little minds.