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Daniel Clowes' Ghost World: Argumentative Comparison

2507 words - 10 pages

Pictured on the back cover of the comic book "Ghost World," by Daniel Clowes, are the two main characters of the book in full color. This strikingly significant image, surely shrugged off by most Clowes' readers, represents worlds of diversity within the frames of the book. Sporting pink spandex pants underneath her goldfinch yellow skirt and a blue t-shirt to match perfectly, Enid seems to live her life outside the bubble. She's a very dynamic girl, especially interested in her surroundings and people around her. On the other hand, Becky is dressed like a "typical" girl, with a long black skirt and a white blouse, thus representing her conforming presence in the world. Becky is much more passive than Enid, going with the flow of things just living life. The contrasting personalities of Enid and Becky come ironically, being best friends. However, it brings out their defining qualities in the comic book while quietly calling attention to the values of life, what is real and what is not.

The title page on the second page of the book can be analyzed to show how Enid lives a different life than those on the "inside." The illustration is colored in a light hue of blue, somewhat casting a bleak and lifeless feeling. The picture shows Enid walking down the street with her hands in her pockets, back turned. Nighttime falls as the luminous moon watches down on Ghost World at dusk, casting Enid's shadow down on the sidewalk behind her. To her right is a house with window and the phrase Ghost World scrawled on the side of building. Everything in the scene is shaded and colored in a robin's egg blue, contributing more to the dusk light feeling and the dreary tone. In the frame of the picture, Enid is walking out of the page to the left, facing away from the reader. To her right is the building with the window. Inside, the television is on with someone watching, but only the person's hand holding a drink is visible. After reading the book, you can infer that this scene represents the two "worlds" in the comic book: the inside world and the outside world. Enid is outside the window looking and walking away from it, instead of walking towards and looking in. She does things differently from others, including her best friend, Becky. Enid is one to wear goofy outfits, weird looking masks, and dye her hair extreme colors. Her world is her own and to her it is real.

On the other hand, in the first few opening frames, an obvious difference in attitude between Becky and Enid enlightens itself in their conversation. While Becky watches a corny stand-up comedian on T.V., Enid reads a magazine that she utterly despises for the "trendy, stuck up prep school bitch" audience that it caters to. It bothers her so much because it's Becky's magazine, and it seems Enid is almost insulted...

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