GENDER ROLES & HOMOSEXUALITY
Therefore, forcing them to keep these hidden desires private like Bruce's affairs with other men. By the time she was in college, Bechdel slowly comes to realize her sexual orientation and decides to be more open about it. Her courage to do so led her father to open up a bit as well.
It was only after she came out about her lesbianism, did she soon began to realize that her and her father were very common than she thought. Their homosexuality brought them closer together now that they have that common bond. "She's able to draw connections and realize things she was never able to as a kid. She let's the reader understand her childhood, but only in the way she herself was able to come to understand it; the reader is only able to grasp the full meaning when they reach the end and can look back on everything that proceeded it"(personal). Despite of their bumpy relationship and Bruce's lacking in the fatherhood department, Bechdel knows he cares and loved her in his own way. "But in the tricky reverse narration that impels our entwined stories, he was there to catch me when I leapt"(pg 232).
Here's Alison Bechdel on television! Very funny how they really emphasize Bechdel being all "alone". Sounds quite depressing.Sources:
"Analysis and Evaluation of the Themes in Fun Home - Graphic Novels." Www.personal.psu.edu. Web. 27 Nov. 2011. <http://www.personal.psu.edu/kjo5071/blogs/graphic_novels/2010/10/analysis-and-evaluation-of-the-themes-in-fun-home.html>.
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: a Family Tragicomic. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Print.