Analysis on Ghost World, the Graphic Novel.

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Ghost World and its metaphysics Being a teenager, I have realized that reality needs some adjustments. It was the first time I found people around useless and incapable of understanding the complex mixture of feelings dwelling in me. I found salvation in teaching myself how to express ‘no’ as a part of speech and mostly within, not without. But Daniel Clowes did not seem to care much about censorship while writing “Ghost World”, one of the best graphic novels about adolescence and its mechanism of defense. Nor Terry Zwigoff did while directing the film adaptation with the same title. He actually enriched the story by adding “Lolita” plots, while Clowes only referred to individuals of the same age falling in love. “Ghost World”…show more content…
The main difference stays in the way they communicate their feelings. Enid seems to care much about how is perceived by the others. She does her best in making herself an outcast, an outsider. She often changes her looks. She sometimes dyes her hair green or dresses like a punker or vintage-like or wears a cat-woman mask purchased from a sex-shop. I don’t know if it is just for catching the eye or to reflect the levels of her imagination in the continuous process of maturation. Her personality keeps on changing only on the outside, not on the inside. Maybe that’s why Clowes chose to draw them in blue and white. Blue is related to the theme of change and to some sort of moodiness that is reflective on characters. Rebecca is more like a cold-headed person who stays calm no matter what. Her vocabulary does not change at all, all over the novel. She does not seem to progress either. Her horizons do not tend to expand. She’s not looking for an atonement of any kind. She is pleased with what she already feels, with the friends she already has and maybe that is why she insists on Enid to not go to college or keeps on being somehow jealous of her making new acquaintances. As it occurs to me, she is better in observing than Enid. Rebecca is more practical in making psychological assumptions about the individuals. She actually uses the theme that made Orwell and Huxley so famous, that of consumerism, of a society of consumers. There is an episode in the first chapter
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