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1. Read pages 65-133* of Daniel Alarcón and Sheila Alvarado’s graphic story City of Clowns.
*Pages 11-27 in the original text-only version.*
3. Pick ONE of the following options and respond in the comment section down below. The deadline is 12/06 before the class. 200-word minimum.
Read the following paragraph and discuss your understanding of the title: City of Clowns
I thought about clowns. They had become, to my surprise, a kind of refuge. Once I’d started looking for them, I found them everywhere. They organized the city for me: buses, street corners, plazas. They suited my mood. Appropriating the absurd, embracing shame, they transformed it. Laugh at me. Humiliate me. And, when you do, I’ve won. Lima was, in fact, and in spirit, a city of clowns. (68)
How Sheila Alvarado represents the vision of a city “organized” by clowns?
Elaborate on Chino’s transformations into Piraña and a clown. What are his motivations to assume these personalities?
Pick two different sections of the second half and discuss how Sheila Alvarado illustrates Chino’s fallout with his father and mother. How does she compose Chino’s conflicting states of mind?
Respectfully interact with ONE of your classmates’ responses. Do you agree with their arguments and interpretations? Do you disagree? What other observations about the second half of City of Clowns do you want to bring into the discussion?