Hetawholockvengerstuck’s Hetalia Character Analysis: Prussia/ Gilbert Beilschmidt
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I was recently asked to analyze Prussia by someone who was torn between feeling pity or hatred for this character. Both are understandable feelings. Prussia’s status as a “nation in limbo” (or phony nation) after his stint as a great empire is tragic (although the fanon is moreso than the canon). At the same time, the arrogance that so many fans love can irritate others. He does tend to insert himself where he isn’t needed, and cause general annoyance.
Prussia is one of the most diverse characters in Hetalia. His emotional spectrum goes from “I’m such a loser” to “I’m the best thing in the universe”. Quite honestly, I doubt that he really believes himself to be the best. The fact that he constantly vocalizes his awesomeness tells me that he’s covering up insecurity. Although he may take genuine pleasure in showy entrances and one-upping people, if he were really confident in his superiority, he wouldn’t feel the need to tell people about it. I also get the feeling that Prussia is the type of person who changes his personality slightly depending on the company he’s in. Around Austria, he’s a smart-aleck; around Germany, he’s more light-hearted; around Hungary, he’s witty, but also willing to show a softer side of himself—although he probably only does the latter when no one else is around.
No one can argue that Prussia is a saint. He’s bullied Austria enough times to show that. Historically, Prussia was long-term enemies with Sweden and France more than with Austria, because of Prussia (then called Brandenburg) being part of the Holy Roman Empire. Religion often influenced which side of the conflict Prussia was on, so, on occasion, the country fell out with Austria. If Hetalia followed history to a T, things might be slightly different. But Austria and Prussia still had a pretty rocky relationship.
But we also know that Prussia has a kind side. When he found Hungary injured in the woods, he gave her his clothes to cover up. He didn’t take advantage of her weakness and take over. He didn’t conquer her territory. He just walked away. Whether this is because they were childhood friends, or because he has some sense of chivalry, we don’t know. But even though he’s sometimes an aggressor, he’s not a villain.
If his large collection of journals is anything to go by, we can assume that Prussia has no aversion to reviewing his past. Although they probably contain a biased version of events, he still recorded those events, and can probably recall the exact happenings just by the few lines he scribbled.
Going back to his self-confidence: I don’t think he’s entirely insecure. He’s got enough “false” confidence to make a scene. I know from experience that pretending to be confident can, to some degree, actually boost your real confidence. You fall into a pattern, and then you realize that your comfort zone has expanded. There is a limit, however, and I think Prussia might be overextending himself a bit. Still, I think he sometimes surprises himself. During the Halloween special, when he and India entered the party, I noticed his facial expression. It wasn’t a smirk, or some other smug look. He seemed to be having fun, and he seemed surprised that he was.
Prussia is actually pretty immature, when one stops to think about it. When someone angers him, he holds petty little grudges. When Austria and Hungary pissed him off, he started reading his journals to try and find something to throw back at them. But the act of reading his journals extinguished his anger, and he forgot all about it. If he had been slighted in some big way, I doubt he would have let it go so easily.
It’s funny, actually, because Prussia is supposed to be the big brother. But the way they act, you would think that Germany was the older one. I’m not sure why. It’s possible that Germany simply started out acting mature, and Prussia let him, thus falling into a habit of immaturity; on the other hand, it’s equally possible that Prussia’s behavior caused Germany to grow up faster and take more responsibility. We know he lives with Germany now, which, to be honest, is sort of pitiful. But it’s better than being homeless.
I can’t really tell anyone how to think of Prussia. His personality is so dynamic, and it’s not for everybody.
** CAUTION **
Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do.
Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog (Calypso) decided the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Halfway through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.
Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s web site,
This product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.
Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey’s, and they claim that “It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat it.”
*Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman’s Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called ‘Theobromine’. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.
Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
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