Analysis Of Fun Home By Alison Bechdel

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Lee Ann Darte Professor Deborah Brothers EGL 101-20 Critical Analysis: Essay #2 / Draft #1 24 October 2017 Unconventionality and Acceptance in Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” In the first chapter of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, the author uses an intriguing combination of pictures and words to draw her readers through the story with many surprising twists and turns similar to the way a carnival fun house lures in curious adventurers . As the author first introduces her father to the story, one would believe him to be a loving and engaging father. However, once Bechdel begins comparing their playful exchange with the “Icarian Games” (pg. 379) and noting his distraction to the game because of his concern with…show more content…
Her family life is depicted with contradictions of order and chaos, love and animosity, conventionality and avant-garde. Although the underlying story of her father’s dark secret was troubling, it lends itself to a better understanding of the family dynamics and what was normal for her family. The author doesn’t seem to suggest that her father’s behavior was acceptable or even tolerable. However, the ending of this excerpt leaves the reader with an undeniable sense that the author felt a connection to her father even if it wasn’t one that was desirable. This is best understood with her reaction to his suicide when she states, “But his absence resonated retroactively, echoing back through all the time I knew him. Maybe it was the converse of the way amputees feel pain in a missing limb.” (pg. 399) Works Cited Bechdel, Alison. "from Fun Home" The Little Norton Reader: 50 Essays from the First 50 Years, edited by Melissa A. Goldthwaite, W.W. Norton, 2017, pp. 377-399. Badman, Derik. "Fun Home by Alison Bechdel." The Quarterly Conversation, © 2008 Scott Esposito TQC, Accessed 24 October 2017. Dean-Ruzicka, Rachel. "Mourning and Melancholia in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic." 7.2 (2013): n. pag. Dept of English, University of Florida. 25 October 2017. Web. Accessed 24 October
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