The Graphic Novel and The Silence of Our Friends

Next week, we will be skipping our usual vocabulary routine to focus on the terms used in analyzing graphic novels. Make sure you have all of the notes from my Prezi, found here. (A supplemental guide to these terms can also be found here.)11311549

It is STRONGLY encouraged that you purchase The Silence of Our Friends for annotation and note-taking purposes, but I know that isn’t easy for everyone. You can find a digital copy of the graphic novel here. If you have a laptop or a tablet to read the graphic novel on, please feel free to bring that to class over the next couple of weeks.

Our class will collaborate with Mr. Rossi’s fourth period Advanced Composition class in a cross-class discussion. Please use this opportunity to engage with students from his class and respond to each others’ interpretations and ideas.

Using the blog and your cell phone or laptop, please post a 7 to 10 sentence response that answers at least six of the following questions in the comment section of this post. You may post multiple times and respond to other posters to earn extra credit.

Section 1: A Racial Rodeo: Due on my blog by midnight, Sunday (March 12, 2017)

Pages 1- 65

  1. What is the most important symbol in this section? What is its metaphoric or symbolic meaning?
  2. How does the design of the panels contribute to the mood of the opening pages?
  3. Where on the picture plane does the artwork fall? What is its original effect on the reader?
  4. Which character is most interesting at this point of the story? Why?
  5. What has been the primary moral of the opening section? How do you know?
  6. How do you envision the following quote impacting the rest of the novel? “In the end, we will remember not words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. This section opens with the Long family attending a rodeo. What does Mark’s hesitancy to buy BBQ imply about his view of the black community?
  8. Explain the tone of the frames that detail the “hard money” game. How does the author want the reader to view the convicts (especially the one who wins)?
  9. How does Jack explain his notion that DA is “railroading” Samuel Otis? What evidence does he rely on?
  10. In what ways is the racial stress of the outside world beginning to infiltrate the Long family home?
  11. Analyze the bleed on the last page of the section. What is the Saturn Five launch symbolic of? How is graphic weight used to emphasize this?

**The picture plane referenced in question number three comes from the McCloud reading:

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63 thoughts on “The Graphic Novel and The Silence of Our Friends

  1. camronlloyd1 says:

    So far I feel as if their are 2 important people In the book ; Jack and Larry. Neither one of them are racist and I believe that they didn’t know each other when Larry stopped the angry mob from attacking Jack in the 3rd ward. When jack went to the rodeo he was really hesitant on buying the BBQ because I guess it was uncomfortable buying BBQ from a black man and seeming to have a relationship with a black ,an especially being at a klan rally. And also with the so called game “hard money” seemed very brutal and the speech was harsh.but with the book the panels were very dark when beginning the story.

    Questions 2,4,5,7,8

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Camron,
      Make sure you have your characters straight – Mark (the son) was the one hesitant about buying the BBQ, not Jack. Same goes for your settings – the Third Ward is where Larry and his family live; the angry mob happened on TSU’s campus. Also, check page 29: Larry tells the others that he does, in fact, know Jack.

      Dig a little deeper in your responses and make sure you read more closely. Be sure you adhere to the requirements of the assignment as well.

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  2. advcompc says:

    10. The racial stress from the outside world is infiltrating the long family ,because now there daughter is using the N word cause she hears it in the neighborhood. Jack can’t even talk to a black man without whites asking why.

    4. The character that is most interesting to me is Larry because he is kind of only friends with one white man. He went on strike , because they wouldn’t let SNCC meet on campus and he is kind of using jack but at the same time being his friend.

    5. The primary moral of the opening section is how now after the war racism is still very heavy even with kids. They won’t even let the SNCC meet on campus.

    6. The envision of the quote impacts the rest of the novel because so far in the story shows Larry not caring about what people say about him,but he will remember the silence of his friend Jack.

    7. In the rodeo section Marks hesitancy to buy BBQ shows he was surprised his dad was friends with a black man.

    2. The panels in the beginning shows the mood of a family that seems happy on the outside but deep down it kind of hard for them to live in such a racist neighborhood and such a cruel world.

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      I really like your analysis in #2; do you think Larry’s family is like this, too? For #5, the Vietnam War was still going on (ended in 1975). Where is this racism stemming from? Is it the war, or another historical event during this time period?

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      • Anonymous says:

        I honestly do think Larry’s family is the same because they are happy until they step outside and hear all of the racist remarks by people in the neighborhood. The racism is coming from all the issues blacks and whites have against each other during this time period. Its another historical event because it the story they talked about not letting the SNCC meet on campus.

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  3. laurenchanelblog says:

    The Vietnamese person being shot on television is the most important event in this book. It symbolizes an turning point in history, it contributed to the Vietnamese war and was the first live shooting on tv. When the design of the opening panels and pictures combine its almost like an introduction to a movie, showing an everyday life, calm environment for the beginning. Larry is one of the important characters in the book because we are seeing more of his perspective on this situation. The moral of the story is ‘the silence of one person can effect a multitude of people’. I relate this to the time where Larry helped Jack when black people were gonna hurt him, but Jack did not help Larry when he needed him. Because Mark wasn’t aware that people could be friends with the opposite race, he hesitated to eat the barbecue for a second until his dad said it was okay. The racial stress the Long’s are having is building their courage to lose friends and maintain a strong belief in change.

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Great thoughts here, Lauren. I especially like your analysis on the moral of the story, “The silence of one person can affect a multitude of people.” Nice!
      I am a little confused by your last sentence, though. What do you mean by “building their courage to lose friends”?

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  4. nakaylataylor says:

    2. The design of the panels express the mood by either being like colored representing good or when it get dark it showing that something bad is going to occur. These two colors can also represent Day and night in the graphic novel

    4. I feel as though the most interesting character in the story is Julie. The reason I say this is because she’s blind and her actions and reactions to things are interesting. For example when she catches attitudes like how she did when her parents tried to say she went “nigger knockin”
    5. The overall moral of the story is about segregation. I know this because they say it throughout the story and how the people talked to eachother and things like “nigger knockin”
    7.This implied that he didn’t view the black community in a bad way, because he has a black friend and was willing to buy the BBQ and it was owned by a black man.

    10. In the beginning they infiltrated racial stress when they showed the man getting shot in the head on tv

    6.In my opinion I think this quote will impact the rest of the story because the story because it’s about segregation and the quote is pertains to this.

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Kay,
      I agree that Julie is an interesting character with a unique perspective. For #5, what do you think our author is saying about segregation, other than the fact that it’s bad? How does it affect each character in the novel, for example?
      For #7, Mark was a little hesitant at first. What exactly happens in these panels? When does he realize it’s okay to have a black friend?
      I’m not sure what you’re trying to say in #10. How is racist stress infiltrating (invading) the Long household? Can you elaborate on this?
      Expand on #6 as well. Yes, it’s about segregation, but what is Dr. King actually saying here? How do you think his words will play out in the rest of the novel, given Jack and Larry’s relationship?

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  5. shaeeblog says:

    2. The design of the panel express the mood when the color changing into dark, which is telling the reader something bad are about to happen. The colors can change into day/night in the novel.

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  6. shaeeblog says:

    4. The characters that are interesting to me is Larry because he’s the only black man that are friends with the white guy. No one else doesn’t like jack. But since jack is the only news man that showed up he doesnt have a choice but to be friends with him if want to spread a word.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    1) Thr paper that Julie find it, thr symbolic meaning might be that it let Long family the coming Rodeo.
    2) It helps to see more clearly what is going on and how to concentrate and the little but important details.
    3) On pg 4 panel 5, show how the kids are fighting and how Julie’s brother let the anger come out.
    4) Julie because she’s a blind person but she can perceive what is happening around her.
    5) The primary moral is to know how to comprehend the different meanings, or how to read graphic novel, like just seeing the pictures notice what’s happening.
    6) The quote for me, is like it doesn’t matter if the people around they are bad and do bad things to them like discrimination, because in the future the new generation of those people can be their friends.
    Katia J.

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Katia,
      I agree that Julie has a unique perspective; I think she’s really interesting too!
      For #1, how does Julie’s blindness contribute to those panels? What does the rodeo represent?
      What MOOD do the panels create in #2? How do you, as the reader, feel during the first opening pages?
      For #5, consider what the novel is trying to teach its readers. Through the story, what are we supposed to understand about the world? About our society?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Ryan wright
    2: the mood is a relaxing feeling
    3: it falls within the bottom left hand corner. That the character’s faces are more detailed.
    4:The most interesting character at this point is Larry because in the beginning of the story we saw it from Mark’s perspective, then his dad’s, now from larry’s.
    5: The moral of the section is the lives of all races are not easy. Black people always have to stand up and fight to make their voices heard.
    6: The people who were with segregation will be heard more than the people who are against it.
    7: He was unsure about white people being friends with black people more or less eat their food.

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Ryan,
      I agree that the mood of the panels at the beginning of the novel is relaxed; however, how exactly does the artwork contribute to the overall mood? Be a little more specific here. Same with #3: yes, the faces are more detailed, but what effect does that have on the reader? (You can use this link to help you out here: https://understandingcomicsuwmadison.wordpress.com/about/the-big-triangle/)
      I like your quote analysis in #6, but how do you see it playing out in the rest of our novel? What inferences can you make, based on this quote?
      What changes Mark’s mind in #7?

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  9. Alivia Green says:

    4.The most interesting character is Larry is interesting to me because hes trying to use the reporter to get his message out to the other people.
    10.I think the racial stress is effecting the longs children more than the parents ,because of the children’s friends and the environment.
    2.The design of the panel mood feels like a chill normal day in the first few pages.
    7.Mark was so hesitant about buying the BBQ from the black man because his friends had already picked on because his dad was talking to Jim.
    5.The overall moral to this section is segregation and how they don’t want SNCC to protest on the schools campus.
    1. The most symbolic thing in this section is when Mrs.long seen the solider kill the man on tv. This was symbolic to me because of how the graphic weight changed on the panels.

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Alivia,
      You make a good point in #10; children are definitely more susceptible to outside influences, especially their friends. For #2, you touch on the mood, but how exactly do our authors evoke this mood through their art? Be a little more specific here. For #5, expand a bit further on the theme. What do our authors want us to think or believe about segregation through this memoir?

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  10. Sewak Singh says:

    2. The novel of the panel contribute to the mood by panel color turning into dark that means something bad about to happen. And it also represent day and night in graphic novel.
    3. The artwork would fall around 47 or 48 on the bottom left of the picture plane. Its original effect on people is to give them as much detail add they possible could.
    4. The most interesting character at this point of story is Larry because he is only who talked to a white newsman and being nice with him and even thinking to invite him over his house.
    5. The primary moral of the opening is racism because the way they talk to each other and how a family is afraid to invite other races family to invite their home.
    7. Mark didn’t view the black community in a bad way, because he has a black friend.
    6. This quote was an impact on the story because the blacks and whites were going out and protesting and the one men that was on the black side had some very hard things said to him by a black protester and he were really on their side.

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Sewak,
      Good panel analysis for #2; I agree that the symbolism could go both ways. For #3, I agree with bottom left, but consider to what extent the reader can relate to the characters based on their artwork. (Use this resource for an explanation: https://understandingcomicsuwmadison.wordpress.com/about/the-big-triangle/)
      For #5, consider what exactly our author is trying to teach us about racism using the memoir. What does he want us to think/believe about racism during this time?
      For #7, make sure you have your characters straight; Mark does not have a black friend (yet), but Jack (dad) does.
      For #6, what do you make of the “silence” part of the quote? Who is staying silent? How does this affect the other characters in the novel?

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  11. joseartsite says:

    1.The most important symbol in this section would be Julie. Julie is blind which mean she can not see color of skin so therefore she can not judge anyone because she can not see.
    2.the design of the panels are helpful and help tell us a bit about the story.it show the face and the reaction of the character in story.
    4.the character that is most interesting in this part of the story is Larry.larry is doing a lot of things and he is doing for the good of his people so they can have a say in what they or do.
    3.on pages 4 & 5 it shows the children are fighting and it shows how Julie brothers lets out his anger.
    5.what I think the overall moral of the story is about the time when segregation was there.throught the story people were talking about each other and said things like mrs.long son said “nigger knockin”.
    7.mark did not see the black community in a bad way all because he has friends that are black.
    8.my opinion about the quote it mean that doesn’t really matter if people around if they do bad and do bad things to, an example would be discrimination because of the new generation of these people can be their friends.
    Jose Galicia
    1st block

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    • Miss Antonacci says:

      Jose,
      I love how you relate Julie’s physical blindness to her metaphorical blindness. Nice! For #2, what is the effect of this? HOW does the panel design aid in your reading, for example?
      For #3, reference the picture plane above. Where does the artwork fall? To what extent can the reader relate to the characters, based on the art? Expand a bit on #8 as well – you touch on the first part of the quote, but how do you see “the silence of our friends” playing out in the rest of the novel?

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  12. cosmichall says:

    Mark seems to have an internal struggle between being okay with it and disapproving it. His family does not have a problem with blacks, however his friends seem to be on the opposite side of the fight. His friends constantly say “negro” this and “negro” that, so he’s confused between wanting to be cool with his friends and following the beliefs of his family. In this precise moment he decides whether his friends or family are more important. His dad doesn’t even influence his choice at all. He just asks him if he’s okay with it or not without judgment. It’s a weird time for a child like Mark to grow up because half the adults are fighting for segregation and the other half is fighting for union. This meaning that, even as a child, he must decide on what side he wants to be on.

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  13. cosmichall says:

    In what ways is the racial stress of the outside world beginning to infiltrate the Long family home?

    Personally, it seems as if the Long family is in a dangerous situations. Although they are a white family, they don’t agree with segregation (thank goodness). In this case, they have to be extremely careful with the things they say and do because one slip of the tongue might cause them trouble. For example, when Patricia is outside talking to her neighbor, she expressed her concern over the Vietnamese man the was shot. Her neighbor immediately became suspicious so she cleverly slides away away from the subject and he goes away. The outside world’s influence is present when Julie mentions “niger knocking” shocking her parents. This makes the parents realize, as much as they want to keep their kids from racial America, it’s improbable they’ll achieve it.

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  14. cosmichall says:

    How does Jack explain his notion that DA is “railroading” Samuel Otis? What evidence does he rely on?

    Jack explains how Otis’s trail was moved up in “the docket (a calendar of cases for trial). Despite his boss saying Otis wasn’t a student and threatened the life of an officer, Jack doesn’t back down. He provides his point in the fact of there being no witnesses except the officer’s partner, who originally claimed the threats that were made. It’s a sketchy situation considering the the officer will obviously be on his partner’s side. He also brings up his friend’s, the sncc most likely, thoughts on this being a lynch job. In simple words white people trying to get an innocent Otis killed for no reason. All in all, Jack is saying how the case has been set up in a way for Otis to be seen as guilty nothing else, unfortunately.

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  15. cosmichall says:

    Explain the tone of the frames that detail the “hard money” game. How does the author want the reader to view the convicts (especially the one who wins)?

    At first, I found it confusing when Shell asked “are the cowboys real prisoners?” I couldn’t understand what prisoners had to do with being cowboys. Hard money showed me the hard reality. The so called “prisoners” were blacks and they were fighting to grab a bag from a bull full of dollar bills. Once the game commences the announcer states you’d never imagine him as a burglar “imagine him tryin’ to run off with your TV!” This changes everything; the announcer wants the crowd to conclude the winning prisoner as a thief who escapes unscathed. One particular scene is split into three panels showing a prisoner as black as the bull.

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  16. cosmichall says:

    How do you envision the following quote impacting the rest of the novel? “In the end, we will remember not words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Larry and Jack’s friendship is a taboo. In fact it’s dangerous in a life risking way. Jack being a white male has so much freedom compared to Larry it’s outrageous. In the worst case scenario, Jack could easily betray Larry if things go wrong. I don’t want that to happen, but it’s a possibility to consider. Based on the title, I assume something like this could potentially happen. It could be that Larry needs Jack’s help and Jack stays quiet hence “the silence of our friends”. The novel seems to be gradually expanding on their relationship only to explode at the last possible second. With the civil rights and Vietnam war happening, it is completely probable the betrayal of a friend could be the worst thing to happen to Larry.

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  17. cosmichall says:

    What has been the primary moral of the opening section? How do you know?

    Segregation affects everyone from kids, friends, neighbors, and adults. A world of strong believers of segregations is like a virus infecting everyone and, no matter how hard you try to stay away from it, it’ll find it’s way into your life. Adults are a prime example of how it spreads. Kids always look to see what they do/say; them wanting to be seen as grown, copy their actions. This means a racist family will produce racist kids without the child knowing how wrong it is.

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  18. christophermat19 says:

    1.)The most important symbol in this section has to be the Television frame. Every time you see a television frame it means something important is going on.
    2.) Every page has different number of panels on it. Also the panels are different sizes and shape setting different moods.
    3.) Most of the art works is in the foreground because it’s the first thing the reader sees. It catches the readers eyes.
    4.) Mark is the most interesting character so far because he is always up to something and always arguing with his sister.
    6.)This is a very deep quote with a powerful meaning to it. What Martin Luther king is trying to say is we have a voice, and if you don’t use it you will regret it later.
    7.) Mark really wants some BBQ. But when he say it was a negro cooking he wasn’t so sure until he found out that his dad and Jim were friends. When Jim offers him some BBQ he quickly replied with a yes.

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  19. kaitlyn says:

    4. The most interesting character to me so far is Mrs.Long. The novel shows how Jack and the kids see things, but we rarely see Mrs.Long’s point of view. I think she is interesting because obviously, she has some sort of compassion for people, but we don’t see how she truly views racism and black people.
    5. The primary moral, to me, is the tension between races. Not in the sense of blatant racism, but in the sense of a white family “stuck in the middle” of black people and racist whites.
    6. The quote really means a lot to the story. This is because enemies can say any insult under the sun and it can roll off your back. But what means the most, is what your friends have to say about it. Do your friends stand up against the hatred with you, or do they try to stay on the fence, not trying to offend or choose either side?
    7. Mark is hesitant to buy the black man’s barbecue because he cares entirely too much of what his “friends” think. His friends are obviously racist because their parents taught them to be. Mark, however, is not taught blatant racism by his parents but is peer pressured to be by his friends.
    8. I don’t know what the author wants the audience to feel, but I feel sympathy towards the convicts. I feel this because they are already inconvenienced by a corrupt system built to hold them back from their true potential. I am happy for the convict who wins the game, but I am immediately sobered by the fact that this may be his family’s only income. Life is already hard for black men trying to make ends meet, let alone a black woman who has to face not only racism but sexism at the same time.
    10. Mark’s friends are forcing him to join them in their racist ways. Not only in their terminology, but in their way of thinking. Then, as Mark goes home, he thinks and stews over the way the other children view black people. This, of course, contradicts the way his father views things.

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    • mrmarossi says:

      In your analysis, you state that we never see Ms. Long’s point of view. What about her view regarding the execution of the Viet Cong soldier? She obviously has a visceral reaction to the event. Further, do you believe she is a product of her environment? Aka, what was a woman’s role in society in 1968?

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      • Kaitlyn says:

        True, we do see her reaction to the execution of the soldier. I think she understands the reality of war after she sees this. However, matters across the sea are different from matters at home. Maybe she is a product of her surroundings. She probably only focuses on the basics of “womanhood” in this time. Mrs.Long most likely spends her time taking care of the house and children while Jack works. But I don’t think that excuses her apathy or lack of activism against racism. But I don’t know.

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  20. Angel Bonilla says:

    I disagree with this analysis of the dark and light frames or panels. I don’t believe that the change in colors has to do with anything going good or bad. It just simply shows the change in day/night giving us the idea of how daily life is in Houston in this time period.

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  21. PhilBrwn says:

    1. The unison of everyone, They play a role and give the scenes visual emotion.
    2. The panels start to fade off which means it changes from day to night
    3.The reader thinks it is going to the next scene
    4.The most important character is Mark because he’s young and prominent in the story and he’s experiencing a lot of different things.
    7. He doesn’t want to be close to the black group
    10. The family doesn’t want anything to do with it

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  22. Indiazachary says:

    5.The primary moral, to me, is the tension between races. Not in the sense of blatant racism, but in the sense of a white family “stuck in the middle” of black people and racist whites.
    2. The panels in the beginning shows that the family mood seem happy that was outside but was deep down that they was living in racists town.
    10. Because the daughter was using the N word because she heard from other people that she was hanging around with so her brother jack can’t talk to a black person without whites saying something.
    7.Mark friends are obviously racist because their parents taught them to be cause they didn’t wont black people in they town .
    4.I think she is interesting because obviously she has some sort of compassion for people that was views of black people.
    9., Jack is saying how the case has been set up in a way for Otis to be seen as guilty nothing else.

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  23. http8820 says:

    Da’Ja Nichols
    2.How does the design of the panels contribute to the mood of the opening pages? The design of the panels contribute to the mood of the opening pages because its a lot going on. And the panels are different sizes and different moods.
    4.Which character is most interesting at this point of the story? Why? The most interesting character is Julie. Julie is most interesting at this point of the story is because she is blind.
    5.What has been the primary moral of the opening section? How do you know? The primary moral of the opening section is whites against colored.I know because they started a riot because they couldn’t study on campus.
    7.This section opens with the Long family attending a rodeo. What does Mark’s hesitancy to buy BBQ imply about his view of the black community? Mark’s hesitancy to buy BBQ from a black person because his friends put negative things in his head about colored people.
    8.Explain the tone of the frames that detail the “hard money” game. How does the author want the reader to view the convicts (especially the one who wins)? The announcer wants the crowd to conclude the winning prisoner as a thief who escapes unscathed. One particular scene is split into three panels showing a prisoner as black as the bull.
    10. In what ways is the racial stress of the outside world beginning to infiltrate the Long family home?Mark thinks the stews over the way the other children view black people.Contradicts the way his father views things.

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  24. Taylor Lattimore says:

    2. The design of the mood depends on the color change like all black could mean that the mood is sad or bad .The white could mean it’s normal or happy or more calming 5. The primary moral of that section was to show how racism is still happening after the war. Also how it is affecting the kids and how the kids know about it. 7. He was unsure about purchasing BBQ from the African American man because his friends was teasing him already. 6. The quote to me will impact the whole story because it’s talks about racial segregation and the story is about race and that quote relates to the story. 10. I think racial stress affects the kids more because of the people they hang around. 4. The most interesting character Larry because he was really the only nice man who talked to a White man.

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  25. Nicole Wilson says:

    1.)The girl is an important symbol in this novel. She demonstrates that racism is a learned trait rather than a born trait.
    2.)The opening panels have much bleed, which effectively helped the reader flow through the story.
    3.)The art is very simplistic, just left of the center of the picture panel.
    4.)At this point in the story, I find Julie to be the most interesting character. Due to the fact that she is blind, I assume life would be quite challenging for her.
    5.)That racism is okay. I can tell this by how much of a daily issue it is for the people living in Houston.
    6.)I think this quote means that when others don’t speak up it resonates with us that they were okay with what they saw.

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  26. shaeeblog says:

    2. Ill say yes because theres alot going on in the story and how the mood and emotions are changing. It tells that something bad could happen or something good could happen.

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  27. shaeeblog says:

    7. What does Mark’s hesitancy to buy BBQ imply about his view of the black community? That its surprising because most of the people talked about him and put bad thoughts into his head to make him overthink. Than again they were teasing him about colored people

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  28. Enrique says:

    1. I would say that Julie is a big symbol from the novel. Julie is blind which means she can’t see this indicates that racism is something that is learned and not a trait that is inherited.
    2. In the first section of the novels some panels change color from white to dark this shows the reader that the day has gone from day time to night, but I also think that the panels change when the mood is bad just like on page 6 and 7 when Mrs. Long sees the soldier get executed on TV.
    5. Like I said on number 1 “racism is something that is learned and not a trait that is inherited” that would be the primary moral of that section in my opinion. Because of the symbolic meaning of Julia.
    6. the quote ” In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friend.” impacts the rest of the novel because just like MLk was against all violence the SNCC was as well. This means that they will not remember the hate from their enemies, but the way their friends stuck together and kept their nonviolent movement possible. ( my opinion)
    7.The reason for Mark’s hesitancy to buy BBQ from the African American man is because of the segregation in his community he doesn’t ever see African Americans, to him that was a big shock.
    8. well the convict is there because he did something wrong, but this is in the days of racism and segregation, since he was African American he could have gone to jail for an unjustified reason, always I would say that the author would want the readers to have sympathy for the convicts especially for the ones who have family out in the world, just like the man who won the money. He puts his life at risk for money to support his family.

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  29. Amir Benjamin says:

    2.) The design of the panels in the beginning of the graphic novel w gradient into the artwork of the image. It created a feel of a dream or flashback going into the time of the image as if the reader was becoming a part of the book itself.

    3.) The artwork in this novel falls on the more realistic side of the picture plane. As a reader its effect on me made me feel as if I was watching a movie about history. I wasn’t able to directly relate like I would a cartoon but I was able to indulge in the novel itself.

    4.) The most interesting character of the story in my opinion so far is the blind daughter. Her perspective is through her given senses. Since she cannot visually see what events are unfolding around her, the perspective she has may be far different that the rest of the characters. This is something that interested me as a reader.

    6.) I envision the quote foreshadowing events of an action occurring and someone not speaking up and making a change in a situation involving friends.

    7.) Marks hesitancy to buy BBQ showed that he had a negative perception of the black community. He was influenced by people around him to believe that blacks were dirty.

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  30. nick williams says:

    1.The girl Julie is a very important symbol in this book.Julie illustrates racism is a trait that is learned instead than being born with it.
    2.In the novel some of the panels are white to start out with then they change to black, occurring with this occurring it shows the reader that the day has changed.
    6.To me, this quote means that if they don’t speak up about slavery then they don’t really care about it.
    7.The reason why Mark hesitated to buy BBQ from the black man is a cause of the segregation that was going on in his community.
    5.The primary moral of the opening section is that racism is ok in Houston.
    4. At this point, I think that Julie is one of the most or if not the most interesting character, I think this cause she is blind and I can imagine how hard it is for her.

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  31. bookshaay says:

    1. The most important symbol is that julie is blind. I say that because you cant judge someone by the color of they skin if you cant see the color

    2. The designing of the panels explain how the time and day is changing from night to day. Its could possibly also represent the race issues that they having going on

    4. Mark is the most interesting character to because for one he is telling the story. Another reason is his behavior and the way he acts for example, they went to play “nigger knocking”

    7. I think marks hesitation with getting the bar-b-que was that his dad was like what friends invited you.

    10. Ways that its infiltrating the long home is al the robberies and how dangerous the environment is getting

    11. The quote impacts the book because they show that it is some of the

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  32. burgesstaya says:

    1. I believe the most important symbol in this section is the father (jack) and Larry are friends. I believe that with the 2 different communities ( black and white) fighting but Larry and Jack are still friends through it all. it shows that with an open heart and mind you can see pass just colors.

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  33. Taya Burgess says:

    2. The design of the panel contributes to the mood of the opening pages by giving you the since of night and day. As well as the mood of the scene and what should be the center of your attention. I say this because the use of graphic weight of some frames show the importance of some scenes or point.
    4. The most interesting character at this point of the novel would have to be Mark. He shows he is unbiased of the black community even though around this time period (and as you can see from in the story) there was a lot of biased and segregated individuals and establishments.
    5. The primary moral of the opening scene are we are all human and should be treated as such, no matter the color or your skin, your beliefs, or your gender. Jack even tries to teach his children the meaning of being respectful to others no matter who they are or what they look like.
    6. I envision the following quote impacting the rest of the novel, “In the end, we will remember not words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. by telling people that others may talk about you but your true friends wont they will stand silently by your side and hold you up. Enemies will talk a big game, but friends will stand by you hold you up.

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  34. jaden scott says:

    4. The most interesting character to me is larry and jack because both too have a type of connection together no one else shares they both just want equal rights for black folks. jack is the only reporter that larry trusts.
    7. Mark hesitancy shows he is not comfortable getting food from a black man
    8. these are very desperate men willing to do anything to get a couple dollars you see a black man as a robber taking the bag of money
    10. mark and Julie friends play outside all the times and other kids around used the n word and says they dont care about a “ni$$er”
    11 . there in the dark and you can tell by how the frame changes

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