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Character Analysis Of Squidward In Spongebob Squarepants

1141 words - 5 pages

Squidward, in “Naughty Nautical Neighbors”, ruins a fun game between Patrick and SpongeBob and manages to pit them against each other. Squidward’s meddling casts him as a somewhat devious and unlikable character. He is a fun crusher, and this characterization maintains throughout the episodes. Squidward’s rude attitude is a reflection of his own discontent. Squidward works as a cashier at the Krusty Krab, but the life he dreams of involves luxuries that he could not afford with his current salary. He is unhappy with his rudimentary career and lower class life. His internal dilemma is exemplified most clearly in “Squillium Returns”. After leaving the Krusty Krab one night, Squidward sees Squillium Fancyson, Squidward’s archrival. Squillium Fancyson is famous and “made millions doing everything that [Squidward] wished [he] could do,” as Mr. Krabs puts it. Squidward is caught off guard and frantically hides his Krusty Krab hat in a trash can because he does not want Squillium to know that he is not nearly as successful as him. Squidward is thus portrayed as individual concerned with appearance, he wants to be wealthy because it carries more prestige and class. Squidward is obsessed with the class and fame aspect of the American Dream. So much so, Squidward lies to Squillium and says that he owns a five star restaurant. Squillium says that he is going to come see Squidwards restaurant and bring his entourage to eat. Squidward panics because he does not own a five star restaurant, and he feels as though he “really needs to impress Squillium”. Squidward possesses an obsession with class ascension and prestige. He wants to impress others with wealth and power that he does not have. The show conveys this aspect of the American Dream as problematic by portraying Squidward as an eternally dissatisfied and unkind individual. “Culture Shock” demonstrates the show’s recurring message that this obsession with achieving fame, a large part of the American Dream, is problematic and not as personally rewarding as having a job that is enjoyable. While Squidward’s character problematizes the class and fame aspects of the Dream, the portrait of Mr. Krabs mocks the obsession with monetary gain attributed to the Dream.
In “Culture Shock”, Mr. Krabs asks SpongeBob and Squidward if they have any ideas to bring in any more customers. A talent show is agreed upon, and Squidward, seeking fame and recognition in any form, agrees to take the part as host and director. Squidward refuses to let SpongeBob perform because he believes that SpongeBob will be terrible on stage, but Squidward’s interpretive dance as the closing act, what he calls the “Incomprable Squidward”, turns out to be hated by the audience. Tomatoes are thrown on stage, Squidward says that his audience does not “know talent” and then tells SpongeBob that he can go on stage and clean up. As SpongeBob walks on stage and begins to mop, the crowd begins to cheer. SpongeBob walks off stage, and Squidward mistakenly...

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