I have ready a few graphic narratives throughout my life, but they were all fictional stories that let you jump into a different world and escape reality. As I grew up I always thought of graphic narratives as funny, unrealistic works of literature that were meant to amuse people. My opinion of graphic narratives has drastically changed since reading Maus by Art Spiegelman.
After reading and seeing many awful things that happened during the holocaust it was nice to read a biography about a survivor in a different form than many others. When you go to a holocaust museum, read about it in a book, or see pictures online you can’t help but feel sick inside and feel for those who were treated in such a manner. The graphic narrative Maus i felt was able to tone down the gruesome appearances of the Jews, and violence that went on during the holocaust. Having the characters as animals instead of people i felt made it easier to look at the pictures rather than looking at a bunch of starved and mistreated humans. If during the graphic narrative all you saw were real people being treated in such a way it would probably make for a little bit of a tougher read, because it would be harder to look at some of the pictures. Especially when it has the picture of the boy being swung by his leg and slammed against the wall and blood being splattered. http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/maus-art-spiegelman.jpeg
Having a book like this i feel would make it possible for even a young child to read, because you wouldn’t have to worry about them having nightmares or expose them to such graphic photos. I think that graphic narratives like this would be a great way to expose a child to something that was so awful. It may not give them the full effect of what happened, but they could grasp the concept of how bad things were.
A non-fictional graphic narrative can be a way to express reality, but just in a different way. Not all people learn the same way. If having pictures to help you understand what the author is trying to get across helps someone learn, then they should not be forced to read a book that is only text. Text books have pictures to help you understand what the author(s) are talking about, so why can’t the books assigned to us in our English classes? We need to be able to adapt to new changes, and if reading a graphic narrative can help people learn then they should be taken more seriously and used throughout schools.