Analysis Of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

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Alison Bechdel 's "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" is an exciting autobiography with comics that bring her story to life. Alison Bechdel wrote this book about her childhood, the relationship she had with her father and one of the many things they shared in common, their sexuality. In addition to their common homosexuality, Alison and Bruce Bechdel share o b sessive compulsive tendencies and their artistic ways, even using her artistic language to describe the father daughter relationship they had, "I was Spartan to my father 's Athenian. Modern to his Victorian. Butch to his nelly. Utilitarian to his aesthete." This opposition was a source of tension in their relationship, as both tried to express their dissatisfaction with their given gender…show more content…
Four moths prior to his death, she came out to her parents that she was in fact a lesbian, she writes, "If I had not felt compelled to share my little sexual secret, perhaps the semi would have passed without incident." This statement shows a hidden connection between father and daughter before the actual relationship beings. Her mother also shared the news while Alison was away at college about her husband 's affairs with men and interest in young boys, for example "more promising high school students." - the muscular, male ones, it seems - to visit his home to borrow copies of great American novels like "The Sun Also Rises" and "The Great Gatsby." Last but not least, two weeks before his passing, his wife asked for a…show more content…
Since the reader is directly responsible for interpreting "action" in a comic, he or she is more directly engaged on a far more personal level. Fun Home is one such example of a graphic novel making use of comics as a means of opening a discourse about the scars family members leave on their children and finding some form of connections and closure through sharing these stories with others. This novel really shows how comics are moving in new directions and demonstrates a willingness to engage readers in new and challenging ways. Each image seems to give a very specific emotion that is carried throughout her story and the pictures contain elements of beauty, longing, memories, and
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