This week's topic comes via the Old Fossil. It's not surprising since he and Lafawnda danced the Popeye dance at her wedding. Max Fleischer would have been proud.
Popeye was a simple guy. Honest, hard working, dedicated and loyal. He's the epitome of the good man in the 30s His girl Olive Oyl was way ahead of the slim craze so prevalent among models - she's the original string bean. And the epitome of fickle.
At his core is "I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam" A man who knows himself and is comfortable in his own skin. That's about as good as you can be so in that respect Popeye is a great example of getting by in life. The fact that his girlfriend constantly throws him over for Bluto which always ends in battle of some kind is a testament to Popeye's persistence and the benefits of the occasional can of spinach. The cycle seems to be repeated in every cartoon. Personally I'd consider dumping Olive but that's not Popeye's style.
So here we have a man who is honest, hard-working, dedicated, loyal and persistent, I'd say his understanding of being and chances for a successful, happy life are pretty good if he could just escape that cartoon world he inhabits. Traits any parent would like to instill in their child. The constant brawling? Maybe not so much. But the generation that begat Popeye didn't have Playstations and Xboxs. If they did would their heroes be as honorable as Popeye?
All of this poses a question though. What do your favorite cartoon characters say about you? In coming up with this little ditty I was constantly reminded of Fos - who lacks the oversized forearms and pipe but certainly embodies the essence of Popeye's being.