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A Short Review of Mom's Cancer, a Book by Brian Fies
Mom’s Cancer Mom’s Cancer is a novel that reminded me of the importance of family and maintaining hope in times of hardship and struggle. Throughout the novel, the author Brian Fies emphasized the constant presence of him and his siblings at his mom’s side throughout her illness from the moment she was diagnosed to after s...
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The Long Term Effects of Trauma and the Strange Behaviors of Vladek in "Maus", a Graphic Novel by Art Spiegelman
Throughout Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel of Maus, he presents many issues and themes to be observed. However, one theme in particular that seems to stand out the most revolves around the concept of trauma. Trauma exists as a physical injury or a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that greatly affects an individual...
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The Feelings of Margi in Persepolis, a Book by Marjane Satrapi
In the book Persepolis, on page 71, the author’s purpose was to show that Margi felt lost, scared, terrified, unprotected, endangered, and “lost in the universe.” Margi was very upset that her uncle was executed for a crime that he never committed. Anoosh was Marji’s hero and star. To her, he was more than “just her uncle”....
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An Inclusion of the Female Character of Jean Grey in The X-Men
Essay #1 The X-Men: Although Stan Lee and Jack Kirby included Jean Grey, better known as Marvel Girl, in the The X-Men, the comic book exposes the view that women in society are of inferior status. Lee paints vivid pictures of society’s perception on the role of women through the actions of the other members of the X...
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An Analysis of the Construction of Disabilities in Astonishing X-Men, a Comic Book Series
Analysis of the Construction of Disabilities in Astonishing X-Men Have you ever looked at a person with disability in disgust, horror, or with mere judgment? Though not everyone gets repelled by the sick or disabled, we still unconsciously mask our attitude with insensitivity. Those who are sick will try to fit in with the...
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A Comparison of Physical and Mental Features in Batman Returns by Tim Burton and Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by John Cassaday
Comparative Analysis: Construction of Freaks In this essay, I will explore the physical and mental features of different characters in Batman Returns directed by Tim Burton and Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by John Cassaday and Joss Whedon as examples that attributes to negative stereotyping for people with disabilities. My th...
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An Analysis of the Symbols and Themes of Persepolis, a Graphic Novel by Marjane Satrapi
Symbol and Theme in Persepolis: One symbol in the latter half of the graphic novel is cigarettes and smoking. In Marjane’s life, choosing to smoke is something she first does with friends, and later with her mother, that connects her to people. When anything to do with smoking is first introduced, it is at Marjane’s first...
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An Examination of the Stereotypical Portrayal of Super Heroines by the Comic Book Industry
Regarding comic book industry- featuring main characters that are predominantly male and attain abilities such as super strength, telekinesis, and other masculine powers. In contrast, females are portrayed in a completely opposite manner—promiscuous, power-hungry, and weak in comparison to their male correspondent. Although...
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The Symbolism of Captain America's Shield
On all accounts of superhero history, superheroes are formulated to represent or emulate an idea or movement that is bigger than themselves. For the sake of their society, superheroes use not only their powers, but also their various utilities that they identify with. Ranging from Batman, who tactfully incorporates the Batm...
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Captain America as the Embodiment of American Ethics and Values of the World War II
Donning stars and stripes and cloaked in the red, white, and blue, Captain America mirrors the beliefs and ideals of his society during World War II. America, face down and struggling in the depths of despair brought on by the treacheries of war, is in need of Captain America’s guidance. Designed as a fictional superhero ap...
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The Breaking of Gender Stereotype in the Graphic Novel Spider-Gwen Greater Power
“Spider-Gwen Greater Power”: Breaking the Gender Stereotype Gender stereotypes we’re created in our society due to the way each gender is portrayed through their actions and everyday lives. Men are stereotyped as the strong figures, the ones who do most of the work and action in life, while women are seen as weak or delega...
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The Representation of the Unites States in the Character of Thor
“Is that a bird? No it’s a plane! Wrong again, it’s a superhero flying in the sky, ready to save the day!” Many superheroes are characterized as people who have powers like super strength, flight, or speed. They are extraordinary people that don’t live normal lives like humans do. Unfortunately, superheroes don’t exist in t...
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Superheroes and Our Wrong Perception of Individuals with Disabilities
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s… Hawkeye? Hawkeye our not so famous superhero has been in the superhero business since 1964 when he first appeared as a villain in Tales Of Suspense #57, however when he joined the Avengers crew in Avengers #16, he rose to fame and has stuck with the Avengers ever since. But there is one thin...
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The Birth and History of Comix
The Birth of Comix While the birth of the comix is mainly seen as a reaction to the current administration of the 1960s and 70s, however there is much more to the popularity of Comix then just this. Comix were underground, vulgar comics. The most well known of the bunch were the Tijuana bible, a comix mostly with sexual st...
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A Journey to Become a Prophet in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis
In Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Marjane, the main character is set out on a journey as a child to reach her destination to become a prophet. Her prophet nature can be seen by her relationship with her God, being a rebel against the revolution, and her desire to show Iran in a true light. She becomes the messenger of truth...
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Batman: the Original Anti-Hero
Batman: the Original Anti-Hero Batman has a reputation as an anti-hero and has always been looked at as the original anti-hero. Michael Spivey and Steven Knowlton, in their essay titled “Anti-Heroism in the Evil Continuum of Good and Evil” offer that “Batman’s reputation as an anti-hero comes almost solely from his prefere...
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An Analysis of the Points of View and Truth in the Memoir Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Truth and Points of View in Fun Home Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home is a memoir in which Bechdel recounts her childhood in rural Pennsylvania. In a recursive narrative style, the graphic memoir focuses on the relationship between her and her father, Bruce Bechdel. The book bluntly illustrates both persons’ emotional and psyc...
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The Career and Job Description of a Cartoonist
Cartoonists Cartoonists and animators draw almost everything you see whether it's
on television or in a magazine. Drawings are everywhere; most people don't
think that someone actually gets paid a large sum of money for those
drawings. Being a good animator or cartoonist requires some schooling, but
most don't even f...
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The Use of Illustrations in Marjane Satrapi's Graphic Novel Persepolis
Persepolis The Graphic Novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a graphic novel that revolves around the adolescence of the narrator and protagonist, Marjane Satrapi. Growing up in Iran in 1979 around the Islamic Revolution, Marjane is subjected to the extremities going on at the time, such as the political upheaval and the...
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Ken Kaneki as the Modern Tragic Hero in the Japanese Manga Series Tokyo Ghoul
A tragic hero can’t also be modern, because according to Miller, “…our lack of tragedy may be partially accounted for by the turn which modern literature has taken toward… If all our miseries, our indignities, are born and bred within our minds, then all action, let alone the heroic action, is obviously impossible.” Basical...
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A Discussion on Graphic Novelization of Classic Literature
I do not want to say that graphic novels make reading easier, because comics can be just as heavy, thick, dense and full of difficult literature as any other book. Just ask Alan Moore, creator of several famous graphic novels that are just as hard to read as any piece of classic literature. However, that does not mean that...
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A Comparison of the Book and the Movie Persepolis
Persepolis the Movie vs. Persepolis the Book I, like many people my age these days, did not read enough when I was little. As a result, though my reading comprehension is good, my reading speed is below college-level standards. That’s why I enjoy comic books and graphic novels; because the descriptive words of a traditiona...
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The American Government Uses Comic Books to Establish Its Values
Ah...American Heroes, don’t we all just adore them? The all-mighty, perfect individual that will do whatever it takes to serve the glorious United States of America. But does being an American hero require complete loyalty to the government? American heroes determine the actions they take through their instincts. These inst...
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An Analysis of the Mental Illnesses in the Graphic Novel Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham
Comic books and graphic novels were the entertainment of choice for an entire generation - combining the accessibility and visual appeal of illustrations with first-person writing and often candid tone, it is difficult to deny the emotional impact that books belonging to this category can provide. Though most commonly assoc...
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The Battle against Government, Family and Culture in the Graphic Novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and the Article Two Revolutions by Wendell Steavenson
In the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and the article “Two Revolutions” by Wendell Steavenson, the authors discuss that in the revolution, there are two separate battles within main characters both against the government and against family and culture. In both Persepolis and “Two Revolutions,” the main charact...
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