STATEMENT

“Lisa isn’t merely a more rounded and plausible child in this episode, she’s been given more depth than any of the grown-ups. Her depression is both plaintive – “A simple cupcake will bring me no pleasure” – and tortured: “Would it make any difference at all if I even existed? How can we sleep at night when there’s so much suffering in the world?” It’s a predicament that could have ended up sounding mere proto-adolescent whinging, were it not for Lisa’s self-awareness (she knows her dad and mum mean well) and her articulacy…”

HYPOTHESIS

I am Moaning Lisa.

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