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Pride of Baghdad Effects of War on SocietyBrian K Vaughan the author of Pride of Baghdad chooses to introduce his graphic novel with the statement In April of 2003 a pride of starving lions escaped the Baghdad Zoo during the American bombing of Iraq This comic inspired by a true story follows the lives of four lions in search of food throughout the city of Baghdad after the American bombings that devastated both city and the local zoo The animals humans and man-made structures that these lions encounter along the way are used to create a critique of war Vaughan and the illustrator Niko Henrichon powerfully establish this argument by appealing to the readers pathos through the use of symbols point of view framing and dialogueFrom the beginning scenes of this graphic novel point of view and framing are utilized to create an image a miniscule lion compared to military machines A full-page scene from the ground up shows the viewer the image of Zill the alpha male of the pack as the American planes fly overhead Alpha males and lions tend to represent strength and power compared to the man-made tools of war these traits seem to disappear Later in the novel the reader is shown the lion encountering military tanks The tanks burst through the trees trampling the forestry in their path and almost running over the lions Not only does this startling use of imagery demonstrate the size of the lions compared to the tanks but also the destruction and disregard for the environment that is customary in warPoint of view framing and dialogue are used to depict the real-time action of those on the ground affected by military action When the bombs are dropped on the zoo images of the lions running away from the explosion are displayed Zill then exclaims RUN as Safa yells I knew it This is the end The lions return to their den behind bars and
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