Matt is based on the character "Pigpen". Dog Sees God suggests that due to his bullying as a child, Pigpen has developed mysophobia, or germaphobia as it is commonly referred to. The author Bert V. Royal, also imagines that Matt is gay but is hiding it to protect himself from ridicule. The part of the play I will be focusing on is a scene near the end. Beethoven (Schroeder) and CB (Charlie Brown) have kissed publicly and Matt becomes enraged. Known as the school bully, homophobic, and angry, it isn't surprising when Matt goes to confront Beethoven. Beethoven's realization that Matt is closeted triggers Matt to go off the handle and he breaks Beethoven's fingers by bring the piano cover down over them. The scene displays the performative of heterosexuality and masculine behaviors such as aggression, violence, and dominance and their destructive effects on both victim and oppressor. Matt is unable to express his true feeling to even his best friend CB and feels the pressure to over compensate by hurting those people he once considered his friends. In America hyper-masculine ideologies have been the basis for centuries of oppression. The mythos of the manly-man in American History informs the construction of this character. Certain ideals of male dominance were cemented by late 1800s mythos such as Paul Bunyan, Daniel Boon, and many depictions of Cowboys. Even real people who were turned into more of a myth like Buffalo Bill were an influence.
Created with an image by Alex Iby - "Claw Eyes"