Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie

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Response Paper Linette Gilkes Jason Tondro Global Issues – International Comics and Graphic Novels March 25, 2014 AYA by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie Aya was an exemplified coming of age pore over for the reason that a great deal of commonality in the present-day working class of the United States can actually identify with or have knowledge of a character that in fact back-number a bit to the comic-strip’s situations. I felt in such a way that I was capable of literally inserting myself in Aya’s shoes even if I can’t self-portray my adolescent years in a economically developing nation afflict with AIDS, bloodshed and poverty. Aya is trying to keep on a moral integrity path for a better life for herself while her friendships with Adjoua and Bintou grow out as they grow up into adulthood. The framework for the story was 1978 Yopougon also known as Yop City which is a proletariat community of Abidjan, central of Ivory Coast. As a reader, I connected with all three girls in some personal level because the comparisons of our lifestyles and choices. For example, page 5 through 9, when Adjoua lies and goes to Bintou with the excuse of studying and there is that one person, Albert in this case, that goes and says “I know you are sneaking out to chase boys.” Adjoua has very over-protective parents, her father especially. But I thought it was hypocritical when he accused Koffi of ‘cradle-robbing’ with a younger girl when he himself was doing the same with Bintou, his daughter’s best friend and Koffi’s daughter on pages 23 through 26. I thought Bintou envy’s Adjoua and Aya. Aya for her intelligence, with focus to bigger things and Adjoua for her protective parents who constantly worry about every day and night. Bintou is perceived to be like that ‘wild child’ friend, which goes out every night, her manipulation with multiple men of all ages

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