December 6, 2008 Seth Perkins

Heroes : Schroeder from the Peanuts

This is an article about Schroeder.
Shroeder is a musical genius and man of quiet temperance.  He has moments when his patience is tried, but he usually gives a heavy sigh (let the negative feelings out) and then drops his hands onto the piano.
I have to admit, with absolute sincerity, Schroeder has been one of my heroes since I was little.  It was his music with which I originally identified: the romantic composers: Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, etc.  Of all the characters in The Peanuts, Schroeder is the one who is a part of the action, but then steps back, and sees life as a whole in this beautiful abstract profusion of sound and color.  I suppose it’s those same reasons that I enjoyed the character of Simon in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.  Simon could step back, see the world for what it was, and understand.
One of my favorite moments in animation comes from A Boy Named Charlie Brown.  If you have 5 minutes, watch it.
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