A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
Use the following questions for your final paper. What I expect here is the following—a well-developed thesis based on a combination of your observations/understandings of the text along with the use of 2 critical articles. I also expect that you will use MLA format, 8th edition, which includes internal citations and have a work cited page. The overall paper should be about 5-6 pages.
As you begin to address these questions, I suggest you carefully study the panels and remember to ask yourself the following questions (even if you do not use all the answers as you write your paper). This way you will stay specific, rather than general.
Questions/Prompt: Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
The memoir repeatedly asks us in subtle and not-so-subtle ways to compare and contrast Alison and her father. Analyze the following characteristics and discuss how it manifests itself in these two characters, be sure to touch on both similarities and differences and possible reasons for the similarities and differences: Their artistic temperament; their relationship with the mother/wife; their coming out; their secretiveness; their interactions with other gay people; their relationship to literature; their relationship to (and resistance of?) gender norms. You must properly quote from the book and your two articles to support your claims!
All papers need evidence to support your assertions. That means you need to have specific passages, events, words, etc. You must use these passages actively. The text is important; you need to have short quotes throughout your paper.
Don’t forget that every quote needs to be introduced (contextualized) and explained. Don’t just hang those quotes out in the air to dry. It’s your responsibility to carve out for the reader what those quotes mean exactly.
No papers should begin with a generalization.
All papers should be grammatically correct and everyone should proof-read his/her paper and run a spell-check.
All papers should have adequate transition words or phrases within the paragraphs and between the paragraphs to produce coherence and cohesion.
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