Symbolism In Alison's Fun Home

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The ^ symbol appears in Fun Home as a manifestation of Alison’s obsessive compulsive disorder, representing the phrase “I think.” Alison’s diary appears at numerous points in the novel, acting as a source and showing Bechdel’s thoughts at times in her life. After describing her OCD symptoms and use of ^, Bechdel notes, “my feeble language skills could not bear the weight of such a laden experience” (143). This line can be seen as reasoning for the author to create a graphic novel rather than a work solely with text. The ^ symbol represents Bechdel’s realization that words could not convey the entire meaning of her experiences. While the ^ is used while journaling in her youth, Bechdel continues to rely on other means than words to share her
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