11 September 2013 The on-going Palestinian and Israeli conflict has been going on for several years now and it still remains today. However, one can only understand the story or probably have heard it from one point of view. Joe Sacco’s comic “The Underground War in Gaza” is drawn out and described from his perspective. It seems as though he’s trying to get a message out there. But what can it be? The comic illustrates the demolished work the Israelis have done to the Palestinians homes. The way the comic was illustrated was pretty straightforward and organized. However, I did notice the way language was used in the text. In one of the writings, the word “intifada” was used and that word is an word in Arabic, which means war or rebellion. Nonetheless, the comics that were illustrated were presentable. Although what I thought didn’t stand out was, besides the houses being bulldozed over, what about the people? Many people were hurt because of this, but the comic doesn’t stand that out. As far as rhetorical analysis goes, the context of the comic was clearly and stated to be in Rafah, Gaza. I noticed some kind of irony in the tone of the text though. Its as if it was almost sarcastic. On page 152, the last comic on the right illustrates a commander of the Israelis stating, “We don’t randomly destroy homes.” The tone of text sounded like there was some sort of meaning behind it, like they almost do destroy the homes randomly. Joe Sacco’s purpose seemed like it was just to show his perspective of the
Assad 2 conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis because many have heard from one point of view. Therefore, his audience isn’t direct but it is for anyone who is interested in reading the comic. In all, Sacco’s purpose of the comic lead me towards my conclusion from the tone of the text and from his character having to play a role in the comic.