Non-Fictional Graphic Narratives Taken Seriously

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.

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.


3 thoughts on “Non-Fictional Graphic Narratives Taken Seriously

  1. I completely agree with your blog. However, I have never read a comic book before. I thought comic books were the way you knew them to be which were described as, non-fictional, amusing, and so forth. But Spiegelman’s Maus made me realize just how powerful a Graphic Narrative can be. Art truly told his fathers story of the Holocaust in an entirely new way. I also agree with how you explained that everyone learns in a new way and that a Narrative such as this would be a very thoughtful way of introducing a historical time to children. The images Art chose to show were not too violent, but just enough for our imaginations to work and realize the excruciating horrors the Jews went through. As well as his harrowing text of his fathers story, Graphic Narratives prove to me to be a very effective way of telling a historical and even detailed story of time.

  2. Very true what you wrote on your blog. I agree with you as you said, graphic narrative texts can be a new way of learning because some people find it easy to learn this way. Personally, I prefer more reading narrative graphic texts because it gives me more power how to imagine the text that I am reading about. Maus by Art Spiegelman, it is a perfect graphic narrative book because is more logical, and is easy to agree with the author’s writing because you can actually see what had happen in Holocaust through images shown on this book. Also, I liked when you said that even kids can read this book because characters drawn as animals it makes this book less emotionally sensitive. Overall, what you wrote on your blog post, it makes sense, and I liked the ideas you wrote about and how you supported with your own opinion.

  3. I really like what you wrote here. You make some very good points, and like you, Maus has also changed my view of graphic narratives. I never really think about how a graphic narrative like this could be used for children until I read what you wrote here. Although there is a small amount of information required to understand the novel, it definitely would be a nice way to show something like the Holocaust to children. Not only would it be easier on the psyche, it would also an easier way to explain it without showing the violent images. As for the learning part of the images you wrote about, they are also good at helping keep attention. I can learn both ways, but text books have a hard time keeping my attention unless they are extremely good. On the other hand, even a bad comic or graphic narrative can easily hold my attention because of the Images.

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