Monday, December 12, 2016

Herman Rat

Herman is the quaternary antagonist in Disney's 1955 film, Lady and The Tramp. His name, Herman is only from an early script. Also, Lady fought him instead of Tramp. Lady first encounters Herman while she is running happily in the backyard. She sees Herman, growls, and chases after him, causing the rodent to scatter through a hole in the fence. Herman has a bigger role in the climax of the film when he comes back to Jim Dear and Darling's house through the fence hole, while Lady is tied to her doghouse on a rainy night. While Lady barks at Herman, Aunt Sarah tells her to shush. Tramp hears Lady's barks and she tells him that there's a rat in the house. Tramp follows Herman to the baby's room just in time before he can harm the infant. The two engage in a fight until at one point, Herman climbs to the top of the baby's crib, about to kill the infant. Tramp chases Herman off the crib while overturning it by accident, causing the baby to cry. Finally, Tramp manages to corner Herman behind the couch and kill him. Having been alerted by the commotion, Aunt Sarah arrives and, not seeing Herman, mistakenly believes that Lady and Tramp attempted to harm the baby, promptly locking Lady in the basement and sending Tramp off to the pound. However, as soon as Jim Dear and Darling return, Lady shows them the body of the dead rat, clearing Tramp's name. Herman is the only antagonist of the film that doesn't make any sound whatsoever other than a few squeaks, while he was being attacked by Tramp. Herman, Hyena, and Stray Dogs are the only antagonists who don't speak. Herman is the only villain to die in the film. It is never outright stated that Herman wants to harm the baby. However, it is implied as he sneaks into the baby's room, and, at one point, jumps into the baby's crib, but is thrown out by Tramp.

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