Essay on Fun Home : A Family Tragicomic By Alison Bechdel

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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 breaking stereotypical gender roles by portraying her father and herself as wanting to be opposite. Therefore without Bechdel’s fantastic artistic decisions the story would not work well as a graphic memoir, and would not be able to portray her life effectively. A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes it is hard to find a picture to express what is trying to be said. Bechdel has chosen several family photos to portray the hard concepts in her life. The first photograph that is of some important is the front cover of the 2007 edition of Fun Home has her father and herself. She has short hair and is slouching with her legs open while her father is sitting cross legged with his head facing away from the frame. She is imposing gender stereotypes on her father and herself but is imposing the opposite of societal views. “He’s wearing a women’s bathing suit. A fraternity prank? But the pose he strikes is not mincing or silly at all. He’s lissome, elegant,” (Bechdel 120.1). These…

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