Fun Home : A Family Tragicomic By Alison Bechdel Essay

1098 Words Feb 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Memoirs and fiction are two different types of literature each consisting of characters unique to each style of writing; non-fiction characters and literary characters. Both types of characters can share similar motives and emotions, the obvious difference being that characters in memoirs are real and characters in fiction are fake. However, what makes characters in memoirs understood as literary characters? In the graphic novel memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, Alison Bechdel, uses illustration and simplistic language to develop the characters of her family to the reader, conveying her complex relationship with her father and the struggles of life in a closed minded town. By comparing characters in memoirs to literary characters through the purpose of each type of character, writing style, and methods of story development the reader can understand characters in memoirs as both real and a part of a fabrication. In Fun Home Alison’s character is shadowed by her father, her character being openly imperfect and her father being more secretive. When thinking of the purpose of a character in a memoir it is important to understand the purpose of the author. When looking at Bechdel’s memoir she constantly conveys the struggle of living with distant parents and going through things like puberty. Her memoir is a reflection of her life, and past which is imperfect and full of flaws. “This same irritation would overtake me for years afterward when I visited dad’s grave” (Bechdel…

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