[Continuing from Part 2]
The Children Broiler, the Most Abhorrent and the Least Looked Upon
The thing with Greek tragedies – in particular the ones that dramatize family curses – is that if one were to identify the original cause of How It All Went Wrong, one often arrives at a point back in time whereupon an adult inflicts some callous injury to an innocent young person.
The Theban tragedies all began with King Laius raping a young prince who is the son of his friend, and this young prince, suffering shame, committed suicide. The tragedies of the House of Atreus all began with its patriarch Tantalos cutting up the flesh of his own son Pelops to serve to the gods just to satisfy his own curiosity as to the omniscient powers of the gods.
These transgressions naturally angered Apollo and/or Artemis (who are divine protectors of children and youth) and revenge is exacted in the form of curses that pass down the descendants of these families with incredibly powerful, blind fury.
For instance, even after the noble-minded Oedipus blinded himself and died an outcast, the curse bought on by the sins of his father did not end, but went on until every member of the House of Thebes is dead and the curse is at last spent. Likewise, the curse of the House of Atreus went on to the sons of Tantalos, Atreus and Thyestes, who jointly killed their younger brother and finally turned themselves against each other – Atreus killed the children of Thyesters and made him eat their flesh; Thyestes raped his own daughter and raised the child of incest as an instrument of revenge.
If there is anything in Mawaru Penguindrum that is “evil” beyond a shadow of doubt – it must be the Children Broiler, where “abandoned” children are put to undergo a kind of death by a thousand cuts and finally deposited into the trash can.
Interestingly, the Children Broiler is one of few places in the show that is devoid of Sanetoshi’s ever present penguin labels; moreover, it is said to be a place that his agents on earth cannot go. Together these hints seem to suggest that the Children Broiler is actually a state of mind, which may symbolically represent at least three levels of psychological trauma:
1) The trauma of individuals being “abandoned” by their families, for all the usual and familiar reasons of parental abuse, neglect, clashes of expectations, etc.
2) Quiet despair of a helpless younger generation being “cheated” of their futures by the older generation, in the form of social cohesion to fit into the anthill/beehive economy at the expense of their inborn unique gifts, and social systems facilitating unequal distribution of wealth and resources, etc.
3) Trauma of the whole of modern civilization caused by a conflict that is much older than the individual, or even the individual’s parents – namely, the abandonment of qualities and values from earlier “childhood” stages of mankind’s history that are now considered “primitive,” “infantile,” “childish,” “silly” and unworthy of respect from the mature, progressive, rational civilization we believe we now live in.