If you are not wanted by the masses at large then you are useless and if you are useless then you are expendable. To the extreme if necessary. If you do not conform to the ideals that have been adopted by the prevailing ideology then you should not be awarded the same rights. If you dare believe that you can be something other than what the State expects you to be then you will find yourself struggling for survival against the Bumble.
Loki enters the story at this point in a way that says much about why he is so dang difficult to defeat. Depending on the version of the story you read, Loki’s decision to create some deadly arrows from the wood of that very mistletoe tree that Frigga felt was unworthy of consideration in her obsessive-compulsive need to protect her son was the result either of a brief diversion of his vengeance against Thor onto Baldr, the result of a developing jealousy of Baldr who basked in the love of not just his mother but everyone else or the result of simply seeing yet another opening to prove how incredibly smarter he was than any other creature in any of the Norse realms.
What is becoming clearer with almost each passing year is that there is a whole lot about the whole Santaverse that we were not privy to. Just as the “Pentagon Papers” exposed the reality behind the Vietnam War so have some very challenging investigative docudramas revealed some heretofore unknown facts about the fat guy up North Pole way.
It was Bob’s wife and Fred’s wife who first proposed doing away with Ebenezer Scrooge. “He’s driving me insane,” Mrs. Cratchit whispered quietly to Fred’s fiancé. “He’s always hanging around the house. It seems like he’s here every single afternoon. At first it was pleasant enough, but even all the presents in the world can’t make up for his incessant storytelling. Why, if I hear that story about the three spirits one more time, I daresay I shall run screaming all the way to Dashforth-upon-Leith. My sweet dear, I know he’s your uncle…”
In some ways, Meet Me in St. Louis is best viewed as a precursor to Stanley Kubrick’s version of The Shining. It is a kind of mirror image, however. Kubrick’s Jack Torrance willingly rejects his implicated role as caretaker, which causes familial disintegration. Interestingly, both films make valuable use of a small child, but whereas Danny Torrance never presents a real threat to his father, Tootie in Meet Me in St. Louis is essentially the agent of castration.