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After her father’s death Alison reconstructed in her memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (2006) the
three areas of her life that have seemed to be the most significant to develop
her identity. She goes back to her father’s life as a father and husband, his
unresolved manner of death to finally her acceptance of own sexuality. Also,
these life events shaped the way she reacted to conflict, specifically, the way
she reacts towards death.

As a child, Alison’s
father Bruce plays the role
of society’s enforcer, attempting to make his daughter act and dress with the stereotypes
of a typical girl. But what the memoir makes clear to the reader is that her
father’s strong desire for his daughter to act like a girl is driven not just
by “conservative” principles or obsessions but also by the fact that, like his
daughter, Bruce’s own gender identity is not parallel to his sexual nature.  He has a need to express his own femininity
through her.  Many of the images in Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic stressed
the divided view of Bruce as a feminine presence and Alison as a masculine
presence. Further, for Alison to exist, Bruce had to have repressed his sexual identity by
marrying and procreating with her mom. Her life depended on his internal suffering,
capturing the sometimes tension between sexual nature and gender identity in several
images of the novel, and also the tension between father and daughter.

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In addition, Alison’s
father death in the novel is a process of mourning, but also a self-discovery
in the process.  Alison and Bruce Bechdel
face the difficulty of a culture that disallows their desires. His death is being
judged as a possible suicide, however this is supported once the reader through
Alison’s narratives understands that Bruce conflicted with melancholy of not
being able to move to face his sexual identity directly. Alison in a process,
learns to accept who she truly is and immerses herself in her new-found
reality. “My realization at nineteen that I was a lesbian came about in a
manner consistent with my bookish upbringing” (Bechdel 74). Therefore,
Alison to explore her father’s life through memoir, became a more developed
understanding of the influence that she and her father had on each
other. They both had many things in common, even though their relationship
had mixed feelings; both have a love for reading and for art, and they both
wish that they were born the opposite sex.

 Finally, Alison’s characterization of being
indifferent towards death and even that of her own father is consequence of her
being always exposed to it. Alison and her
siblings play around in and even sleep over at the family business which was a funeral
home, causing them to have a far more casual and cavalier attitude toward death
than most children. When death occurred close to her, it is even more difficult
to process than usual because she is so used to treating death casually that
she represses her initial feelings of grief and only lets them out after a long
time has passed.