Fun Home Short Essay - Answer Key

Alison Bechdel
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1. From what narrative perspective is Fun Home related? Why do you think the author chose this perspective?

Bechdel relates her memoir from a first-person reflective narrative. Considering that the memoir is an autobiographical book, it is only natural that Bechdel should address the events of her own life in her own voice in the first-person. The autobiography is interjected with Bechdel's thoughts about the events and jumps back and forth in a nonlinear narrative.

2. How would you describe the language style of Fun Home?

Bechdel's language style in Fun Home is dense and highly educated. Bechdel loves literature, so it makes sense that her intelligence, strong vocabulary, and literary references appear in her writing. The dialogue in the comic panels reflects Bechdel's different levels of education at different points in her youth.

3. How would you describe the graphics style of Fun Home?

Bechdel tells her memoir in a graphic style, using written words, cartoon-style pictures, and speech balloons. The drawings used to tell the story are all shaded in hues of blue, reflecting the tragic aspect of the events being recalled.

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