The And White Representation Of The World As A Tragicomic Essay

2133 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 9 Pages
“[It is] tempting to suggest, in [recollection], that our family was a sham. That our house was not a real home at all but the simulacrum of one, a museum. Yet we really were a family, and we really did live in those period rooms.” (Bechdel 17) These words of Alison Bechdel perfectly describe her family. Bechdel may not be widely recognized, however she did introduce the uniqueness of her book to the world as a tragicomic. As the writer and artist of this tragicomic, she only shows what she wants the readers to see. The work is a black and white representation of her coming to a realization of her own homosexuality and a complex relationship with her father. However, Bechdel offers a graphic narrative so in depth and honest that her experience and the fact that she directly narrated and illustrated her book make it more personal, therefore making the main focus of her story more effective. Parents are the foundation to a stable platform. Growing up with an awkward relationship with her father and no support from her mother, are responsible for shaping an adolescence life, depriving them form self-love, and forcing them to adapt and to create a fake family, have no self-love, and unhealthy relationships.
Comic books are usually found to be “funny” and usually read by comedians, which can cause confusion and readers usually like to steer clear of such comic books for the most part. However, Bechdel highlights the maturity, non-comedic content, as well as emphasizes the…

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