ENGL 300: The Graphic Novel George Mason University (Spring 2011)

27Apr/11Off

Bayou and the fey

After reading some of the first readers posts, and remembering what was discussed in class, I found myself agreeing with what Daynee Rosales was talking about with Bayou being almost like Pan's Labyrinth meets Nat Turner.  Both of the stories of Bayou and Pan's Labyrinth deal with themes of racism, and how the perspective of the main character radically changes as she enters a world of a decidedly fey nature.  After it opens up with a lynching, where Nat Turner ended with one, Lee dives into the pond and reemerges in a world straight out of a dark fairytale.  In this world of talking animals, bizarre magic and a skewed view of history where the line between illusion and reality starts to blur.  There's the fact that Lee is a child, so there is a certain level of exaggeration on her part, and some of the events that happened to her could be in her head, that if you suffer enough emotional trauma, you could potentially retreat into a world that's all in your head.  Then again, she really could have talked to a drunken, lecherous bear-priest.  You never know.

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