An Analysis of a Blondie and the Lives of the Bumstead Family


I thought that this writing on Blondie and the Bumstead Family was a very interesting piece. Typically music, TV shows, and writings from fifty-plus years ago are not very relatable to the average American today. However, this one is different. I think that the fact it was developed and created during the Great Depression as a way for people to have something to laugh at during a tragic time, demonstrates how it incorporates pathos and kairos. The pathos is the humor that comes with it because everyone can relate to regardless of their economic conditions or location since it is based off the struggles of everyday life. It made people happy in a time where happiness was not all that existent. The kairos is very important in the development of these comic strips because the writer saw a lack of happiness during the Great Depression and took it as an opportunity to bring some joy and happiness into people’s lives. Had he decided to make this cartoon during the roaring twenties it may have not been as successful because people were already very happy and they were not looking in the newspaper to find entertainment and happiness in the newspaper.

I also think it is very interesting how the comic did not try to include any of the current social trends and did not want to stray away from its main focus of the daily struggles. This allowed its audience to remain big and not isolate it to only the people who were familiar with specific trends. In addition, I think that kairos was very applicable in the modernization of the comics over the past eighty-five years. Young mentioned slowly incorporating modern technology into the comics over the years and making slight changes that were not very noticeable as well. This kept it relevant to the people of the current day, while remaining somewhat compliant with the original authors strategy.


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