Gender Roles In The Shadow Hero And The Shadow Hero

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Throughout society, the relationship between a parent and child tends to be very complex. In some relationships, parents try to influence his/her children to look and behave a certain way. By shaping his/her children this way, parents are starting to look at his/her children as a second chance to express the parent’s suppressed wants. Although many people assume that Yang/Liew and Bechdel believe that a child will allow his/her parent to live through them because the parent is the authority figure, I believe the authors are arguing that it is up to a child to decide the person he/she truly wants to be. Through the comic books The Shadow Hero and Fun Home, both authors agree that parents try to shape his/her children into the person the parent …show more content…
More specifically, society played to gender roles and was not accepting of individuals’ who were not heterosexual. Those societal pressures caused people, who were brought up in the older generation, to hide his/her true selves because society did not accept it. Ultimately, the authors of The Shadow Hero and Fun Home convey that due to societal pressures, people who grew up in the older generation were forced to suppress his/her true wants to avoid being looked down upon in …show more content…
Considering the older generation was forced to hide his/her true self because society was not tolerant, the current generation has the ability to reveal their identities to society without being discriminated based upon what they identify with. The authors argue that parents who were forced to suppress his/her sexual orientation and societal wants look to his/her children as a means to a second chance. Overall, the authors of Fun Home and The Shadow Hero argue that due to societal advancements in tolerance, the parents who had to live in the older generation looked to his/her children as a second chance at the life the parent always wanted but could not have because society did not deem it

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