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    Alison Bechdel's Fun Home

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    To start off, the title of the graphic novel, Fun Home, is portrayed as an environment where people live usually accompanied by sweet memories of growing up, having fun, enjoying every moment of their childhood. However, Bechdel uses the word “fun,” short for “funeral,” to refer to Bechdel’s funeral home business, which is her grandfather’s (Bruce’s father, which is her father’s dads’) family business. In Chapter 3: “That Old Catastrophe,” the image of what seems like a dictionary takes up about half the page with certain words being highlighted. Bechdel uses the word “queer” to describe her father’s death in the following sentence: “My father’s death was a queer business – queer in every sense of that multi-valent word” (Bechdel 57). She expresses her father as being queer as an adjective, verb, and a noun. A combine form of meanings such as strange, suspicious, to put (one) in a bad position, and counterfeit are…

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    Considering Fun Home as a mystery novel, Bruce Bechdel’s death serves as the inciting incident which spurs Alison Bechdel to look through the “clues” -- memories, letters, photographs, etc. -- to formulate a judgment about her father’s life. Throughout the novel, it’s clear Alison’s relationship with her parents is tumultuous. Due to her father’s uptight, perfectionist nature, Bechdel finds it difficult to attain his approval and criticize him; moreover, she describes showing him affection “an…

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    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…

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    Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home is a work that founded on conflicts and paradoxes between outward appearance and meaning. Even the title Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic appears incomprehensible. The phrase “Fun Home” all the same for first Family funeral home, that evidently is not something, a number of us would consider being fun. We tend to contemplate the phase “Fun Home” in relevancy the family’s actual house; it is clear that their family life is not notably fun with its upsides of…

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    dismal blue/green colour throughout most of Fun Home. The chilled, placid, and dismal tint reflects Alison’s distant relationship with her family. Bechdel illustrates this bleak blue/green colour with darker and lighter shades in certain drawings to attract the reader’s eyes to specific characters or…

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    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel is an autobiographical graphic memoir that correlates her coming of age with her discovery of her homosexuality. Bechdel is also battling her inner fears that came along with her upraising but is baffled by the unearthing of her father’s own homosexuality. Her artistic decisions are affected by her homosexuality because she chooses to add stereotypical gender roles. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic develops a proper story line by…

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    Identity In Fun Home

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    Fun Home is a unique story about a father and her daughter. Alison Bechdel is the daughter of Bruce and Helen Bechdel. She’s the oldest of her siblings: Christian and John Bechdel. Her family lives in a gothic revival house in Pennsylvania. The family owns a funeral home, which they refer to as the “fun home.” Alison Bechdel is a young female who grew up being forced into wearing feminine clothing, which was uncomfortable for her. This perpetuated her non-feminine urges more. Her parents,…

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    Fun Home Analysis

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    Imagine a family member of yours suddenly passed away today. How would you react right this very moment? Presumably terribly sad! Okay, I lied, now stop imagining. That is probably a very sad occasion that you rather not think about, correct? Although we were all taught and grew up differently with our own parents, Alison Bechdel’s relationship with her family is quite astonishing. As we will further discuss about the family consequences in the tragicomic, Fun Home, you will soon recognize…

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    Ailen Concepcion Lit. 353 Spring 2016 Title In their memoirs, Fun Home and Stitches, authors Alison Bechdel and David Small tell their personal stories about their strange family life and the struggles in a dysfunctional home. Both authors had strained relationships with one of their parent while the other parent was often aloof and distant. Strangely enough, although their stories seem quite similar both authors bring their own style to the table and made the story their own. Their works are…

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    While reading “Fun Home”, I was incredibly surprised when Bechdel reveals her past with obsessive compulsive disorder. Bechdel’s high level of intelligence can easily be seen through this piece, so hearing her talk about the “self-soothing, autistic loop” (139) that was her childhood during this period of time was something I was not expecting. With that being said, with her reveal I found clarity—the way she deals with situations stems back to that loop and her compulsions, and seems to have…

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