assignment 3-3: reading for purpose, audience, context

Due: Monday, October 17
Format: leave a comment on this post
Length: two or three paragraphs

This assignment asks you to start forming a sense of Josh Neufeld’s purpose, audience, and context in the September 1 chapter of his comic “A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge.”  First, re-read the comic.  For this second reading, try to develop your observant stance into a more advanced, critical stance. You are still composing to learn, but now composing to learn more and learn deeper.

To help you read critically, look at

These objective readings will provide the background information you need to piece together Neufeld’s context and the problem he seems to be responding to. Remember, use these articles not to bolster your own personal opinion about the issues surrounding Hurricane Katrina, but instead try to find things that will help you analyze “A.D New Orleans After the Deluge” rhetorically. After you look at those articles, re-read Neufeld’s comic for a pitch, a moment, and a complaint:

  • A pitch. Neufeld’s comic makes an argument, although at first glance it might seem like a simple story about one awful day. “A.D.” does make some sort of case, even if that argument or case is never stated explicitly.  As you re-read the comic, look for language that reveals the position or positions Neufeld seems interested in having you adopt.
  • A complaint. His comic is also a reaction to some situation, some set of circumstances that he has set out to address.  To help you understand another person’s writing, it can be useful to figure out what caused the person to write the text in the first place. Look for language that reveals the writer’s starting point. If you can find the position or situation he or she is worried about and possibly trying to correct, you will find it much easier to locate the argument (or the position the comic is asking you to accept).
  • A moment. Lastly, Neufeld’s comic is a response to the world conditioned by his particular moment in time. In your attempt to figure out not only what a text says but where it is coming from, history is significant. When was the piece written? (August 2009, but he started writing the comic in 2006.)  Where? (the comic was originally published as a series on the web, and then it was revised into a graphic novel.) What else was going on at the time that might have shaped the writer’s ideas and attitudes?

Now, write two or three paragraphs explaining your sense of what Neufeld’s purpose, audience, and context (his rhetorical situation) might be. Your post could address some of the following questions, which will resonate with the critical reading guidelines above.

  • What in the world around him is motivating Neufeld to create this comic?
  • What is it about the time he is living in? What historical events or changes are shaping how he sees the world?
  • How does the way he sees the world fit with the ways he sees/imagines his readers? Does he want to draw their attention to some issue or problem they might not be noticing?
  • How does Neufeld relate to his readers? Is he confrontational, caring, friendly, or… ? How exactly do you get a sense of his personality or attitude towards the audience?
  • What do you know about Neufeld’s audience? Do they need any special knowledge to understand the comic? Do they come from a certain area or country, share certain values or identity markers, or subscribe to similar beliefs?
  • Why does Neufeld try to accomplish his purpose through a comic, instead of some other medium or genre?
  • Do the visual elements of the text help him accomplish his purpose? How?
  • What thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors might Neufeld wish to change in his audience? How would he like to see his readers respond to the comic?
  • What other kinds of changes might he be seeking?

Keep pushing yourself to find and cite specific evidence from the text as you write this post. Avoid unsupported claims.

It is always possible that Neufeld did not consciously choose to do some of the things you observe in his comic, but for now assume that he did and consider how this helps you understand “A.D.”

17 thoughts on “assignment 3-3: reading for purpose, audience, context

  1. 3 CHEERS FOR ZERO PROCRASTINATION!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!

    Josh Neufeld, author and illustrator of A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge, has many reasons to publish his comic effectively displaying the hardships the people of Louisiana had to endure during Hurricane Katrina.
    Neufeld’s purpose of writing is to illustrate the reality of this devastating event and the lack of help they got from the government. The first page of Neufeld’s comic starts out displaying the lack of sanitation these people were deprived of. The woman has to urinate in a cup and dispose of it elsewhere. She says it is like a “damn sewer” (217). Another reality of the hurricane was that the government didn’t supply the public with water- a basic human need. On most of the pages, Neufeld draws the people dehydrated and sweating. As the comic goes on, these people fight over the basic human need of water just to be able to live. Neufeld’s purpose of his comic was to display the hardships that these people had to endure because the government had no impact on the wellbeing of these people displaced from their homes and families.
    In my opinion, Josh Neufeld wrote this comic to attract people who weren’t directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. The audience of this comic is probably people who are not educated about the reality of what really happened. The victims would not be reading this comic because they experienced it first-hand. No one that was in New Orleans at the time is going to wish to recall what hardships they had to do and the lack of help from the government. Even the thoughts of conspiracies that the government was trying to mass murder these people by “opening the floodgates and drowning them” (235). Neufeld writes this to reveal to the readers how the lives of many were affected and the truth that wasn’t covered in news media.
    Neufeld started writing and illustrating his comic in 2006- one year after Hurricane Katrina had occurred. Although it wasn’t published until years later, the events of Katrina impacted how Neufeld wrote his comic. False media coverage of the events encouraged Neufeld to “set it straight”. New York Times claimed that gangs were raping women and children and stealing from them. But later, claimed that “no rapes can be quantified”. Because of false claims about the people held in the Convention Center of New Orleans, Josh Neufeld was encouraged to share how these “gang members” acted out to help others because no one else was. On page 228, it shows the thugs with “juice, beer, Coke, and cookies”. The police and government were absent so they had to step up and act to keep these people alive and safe.
    Overall, Neufeld’s purpose of the comic was the share the events of Hurricane Katrina to outsiders who were falsely given information from news media about the events that occurred in New Orleans.

  2. Assignment 3-3
    Hurricane Katrina hit the area of New Orleans on August 29, 2005. As president bush said on a televised address, “We’re dealing with one of the worst national disasters in our nation’s history.” Josh Neufeld spent his week following the hurricane with the residents of New Orleans and gained a real sense of what the problem was in the response to Hurricane Katrina.
    Neufeld’s purpose is to convey to his reader the lack of aid New Orleans received and what a toll it took on the city and how immense the destruction the citizens had to live in. He uses the need for sweating, the need for water and the dehydrated children redundantly to show the state of which the people were suppressed to. His audience includes those who judged the New Orleans citizens and those who did not respond with the aid that was necessary for their survival. These directed targets include journalists who discouraged aid by exaggerating the crime of that week following and the government officials who did not prepare enough for the situation.
    In the reading from “nytimes.com” an explanation is revealed for the reasons of the aid holding back to rush in the supplies and help. So many journalist fabricated rumors of tourists that were looted and claimed to be raped. However, New Orleans received not one report of sexual assault or rapes that week, or accounts of murder. These rumors that evolved into “facts” hindered the aid from coming into the city. Another target audience would be the government officials, for they partook in vacations during the hurricane. A major factor is that the available busses were not used to evacuate the citizens. Have they might have been used, FEMA could distributed there supplies for a longer time or to the 15,000 people that were intended. May Ray Nagin did not even order emergency evacuation until the day before the hurricane hit. Had he might have, people with no private mobility, which happened to be 27% at the time, could have fled the city.
    This why Neufeld exemplifies the “haves” vs. the “haves not.” The problem he saw was that people could have helped made pre-based judgments on the people in New Orleans. Josh Neufeld is furious because those judging people have no real personal account or comparison to the situation those people are enduring. He shows the immense heat by the waves coming off the sun and all the people rapidly sweating. He portrays the people as desperate, and the “thugs” as the only beneficial asset to the people. He illustrates dying children and eventually a dead woman, and two men about to fight over a bottle of water. Josh Neufeld contradicts everybody’s misguided opinions by demonstrating the reality of the horrific situation.

  3. Josh Neufeld, author and illustrator of A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge, has many reasons to publish his comic effectively displaying the hardships the people of Louisiana had to endure during Hurricane Katrina.
    Neufeld’s purpose of writing is to illustrate the reality of this devastating event and the lack of help they got from the government. The first page of Neufeld’s comic starts out displaying the lack of sanitation these people were deprived of. The woman has to urinate in a cup and dispose of it elsewhere. She says it is like a “damn sewer” (217). Another reality of the hurricane was that the government didn’t supply the public with water- a basic human need. On most of the pages, Neufeld draws the people dehydrated and sweating. As the comic goes on, these people fight over the basic human need of water just to be able to live. Neufeld’s purpose of his comic was to display the hardships that these people had to endure because the government had no impact on the wellbeing of these people displaced from their homes and families.
    In my opinion, Josh Neufeld wrote this comic to attract people who weren’t directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. The audience of this comic is probably people who are not educated about the reality of what really happened. The victims would not be reading this comic because they experienced it first-hand. No one that was in New Orleans at the time is going to wish to recall what hardships they had to do and the lack of help from the government. Even the thoughts of conspiracies that the government was trying to mass murder these people by “opening the floodgates and drowning them” (235). Neufeld writes this to reveal to the readers how the lives of many were affected and the truth that wasn’t covered in news media.
    Neufeld started writing and illustrating his comic in 2006- one year after Hurricane Katrina had occurred. Although it wasn’t published until years later, the events of Katrina impacted how Neufeld wrote his comic. False media coverage of the events encouraged Neufeld to “set it straight”. New York Times claimed that gangs were raping women and children and stealing from them. But later, claimed that “no rapes can be quantified”. Because of false claims about the people held in the Convention Center of New Orleans, Josh Neufeld was encouraged to share how these “gang members” acted out to help others because no one else was. On page 228, it shows the thugs with “juice, beer, Coke, and cookies”. The police and government were absent so they had to step up and act to keep these people alive and safe.
    Overall, Neufeld’s purpose of the comic was the share the events of Hurricane Katrina to outsiders who were falsely given information from news media about the events that occurred in New Orleans.

  4. Purpose: Neufeld’s purpose of this comic was to address the struggle of the people after the hurricane and what they had to go through. He showed how nobody was doing anything about it. His purpose was to get people to start caring about the struggling people, he used examples of the people being dehydrated and they did not have any water for them and how the army people just rode past them and not acknowledge that the people were dying. His purpose was also showing that all African American people were not bad people, “thugs” or not.

    Audience: I feel that Neufeld’s audience was a general audience. Mainly towards the government because that is who is in control about that type of stuff. Also, his audience could be the other outsiders of the situation. Children would not necessarily be part of this audience because they probably would not be able to understand, unless they were part of the situation.

    Context: This happened during the time after Hurricane Katrina. This also was that time period when people did not have any food or a home to live in. They had no help and nothing to do about it. It is a modern time because it was not that long ago that it happened. New Orleans is still in recovery today so it is still a present day conflict.

  5. Neufeld’s comic “After the Deluge” was motivated by the poor help response that the government had to the victims of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. And I believe his target audience is those that did not experience the hurricane in New Orleans. Because after reading this comic strip you realize how terrible the conditions were after the hurricane and how badly they needed government assistance. One might think to themselves before they read this or where informed about Katrina they might think that racism and class prejudice is virtually nonexistent in the US any more. But after reading this comic strip you might rethink that and say we need to strive for change, not in the sense of halting mother nature from taking its course but in the sense that we should help people in times of disaster. And those that need the most help would be the lower class because they do not have the ability to prepare by buying supplies for an impending disaster. So the lower class needs more supplies usually and in the case of Katrina most of the lower class happens to be black, so does this correlate into the government not caring about the lower class in general or just black people. I believe it was a mixture of the two because these people are kind of the forgotten people of New Orleans and pushed off to the side and not really managed correctly as the upper class or more main stream parts of town are. I believe this is true for all cities worldwide that they are forgotten a little bit by the government and this comic put this issue to the forefront of the message.
    I thought the comic format that Neufeld used was interesting instead of having real pictures of the disaster alongside of text. Making it a comic made it the easiest to set the scene and tell the story with little room for interpretation error from the reader. I also believe he used the comic format because it made it feel like it was a fictitious situation because mostly all of the comics I have read have been fiction and not based on real stories. He wanted it to feel fictitious because the situation is a really strange one that probably should have not happened that way, I can see there being a short delay on these people receiving supplies and transportation out of the disaster zone but these people were there for days in appalling conditions. So in a way Neufeld is using the comic strip not only to tell the story easily but also to show how fictitious the situation really sounds like. And maybe to someone from another country they might see this and think this couldn’t be real especially in America and once they realize it is non-fiction they would probably be shocked and appalled by it.

  6. The purpose Josh Neufeld was trying to get at for making this comic was to inform his readers of the tragic events that had happened following Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina had just hit the southern states causing complete chaos. Neufeld wants the nation to know what the victims of the hurricane encountered. For example, on page 226 the individuals were dehydrated and begging for help while the military men on their tanks drove by with guns pointed at the crowd.. Neufeld saw what weather could do and how it affected so many people lives. He draws reader’s attention to the issue that was happening in the comic by giving a very graphic and realistic depiction of the events of Hurricane Katrina. Certain people were denied help and forced to stay in the area and were not allowed to leave. I believe Neufeld accomplished his purpose through a comic, instead of something else, so everyone can relate and understand what happened. If you give a person just text of the event and no background they are more likely to become lost, but with illustrations to help explain the text, it is easier to understand. The illustrations help convey the emotions of the helplessness, hunger, and rage in the people because just one picture of an angry person can say much more than a huge amount of text could.

    I believe that Neufeld’s audience can be assumed general. Neufeld made a huge claim by attacking the government’s response after Hurricane Katrina. I would also go as far to say that children will probably not be reading this comic due to the profanity and the inability to grasp the situation that occurred. Neufeld can relate to his readers because our nation all witnessed Hurricane Katrina destroy the southern states and for those who don’t understand what happened he tries to explain it through his comic. I don’t believe anyone would need to have any specific knowledge to understand the comic other than knowing that Hurricane Katrina caused this event. Otherwise, the readers will wonder where in the world did something this awful happen.

    Neufeld began writing this comic in 2006 as a web series, but it soon turned into a graphic novel that was concluded in 2009. The comic was based on the tragic event in 2005, Hurricane Katrina. Neufeld wants to focus on the losses that people went through and bring it to a personal level so everyone can understand. He wants people to know what happened during the events of Hurricane Katrina, he will tells it to the readers straight and nothing is sugar coated. Since this event is fairly recent, I would categorize it has modern.

  7. The motivation of Neufeld in this comic was to express the grief and traumatic experiences in the event of Hurricane Katrina. He portrayed that there was barely any assistance to the people, which expanded the problem to a much higher degree. His intent was for everyone to see how everyone reacted to the terrible treatment, and how authority came into play. An example is the policeman, or government officials that drove past all the desperate people, when they are supposed to be heroes and give them the basic necessities, compared to the thugs stealing food to save people when they are supposedly “bad” people. Perhaps his purpose was to show how poverty stricken people were more in danger in this crisis compared to well off people.
    The audience of this piece was perhaps people who were not involved in the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. He is using a comic as a visual aid because we can actually see what happened instead of just a description. We can see the body language, and verbal bubbles of the people. The gestures make it more dramatic and effective. Outsiders may feel more involved because they can see it. He is being informative towards his readers.He could be seeking a change in the way that government reacts to emergency situations. Since this event happened right after Hurricane Katrina, he is expressing his anger towards the government’s reaction. It is a modern time that this event happened because New Orleans is still struggling to get back on its feet today.

  8. The purpose of this comic is to really get people aware of what happened the day of hurricane Katrina. Not many people knew what was going on when it happened and this gives some them some sort of idea. In the comic the government was not really helpful in getting people what the needed to survive. It also shows how others preceived the event. Some thought that the only reason people didn’t leave is because they thought the people of New Orleans were to lazy to leave when that really wasn’t the case. The public was informed about what was about to happen too late and many didn’t have money or even away to get out of the city.

    The audience that Josh Neufield was trying to target was the people who have no idea what happened at the super dome and in New Orleans. Some just thought that the hurricane just had little effect on the people how lived. Some also thought that the government was there for everyone when they need help. Through this comic the reader can really see the suffering and heartache that a lot of the residents had to go through.

    Context: After the event of Hurricane Katrina not many people really trusted the government anymore because of how they handled the event. The comic show the emotion of the people of New Orleans. Even though this has just happened in the recent years some might even think that this had happened in a different country and time period because we would never think that something like this could take place in a country that is perceived to have everything.

  9. The purpose Josh Neufeld was trying to get at for making this comic was to inform his readers of the tragic events that had happened following Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina had just hit the southern states causing complete chaos. Neufeld wanted the nation to know what the victims of the hurricane encountered. For example, on page 226 the individuals were dehydrated and begging for help while the military men on their tanks drove by with guns pointed at the crowd.. Neufeld saw what weather could do and how it affected so many people lives. He draws reader’s attention to the issue that was happening in the comic by giving a very graphic and realistic depiction of the events of Hurricane Katrina. Certain people were denied help and forced to stay in the area and were not allowed to leave. I believe Neufeld accomplished his purpose through a comic, instead of something else, so everyone can relate and understand what happened. If you give a person just text of the event and no background they are more likely to become lost, but with illustrations to help explain the text, it is easier to understand. The illustrations help convey the emotions of the helplessness, hunger, and rage in the people because just one picture of an angry person can say much more than a huge amount of text could.

    I believe that Neufeld’s audience can be assumed general. Neufeld made a huge claim by attacking the government’s response after Hurricane Katrina. I would also go as far to say that children will probably not be reading this comic due to the profanity and the inability to grasp the situation that occurred. Neufeld can relate to his readers because our nation all witnessed Hurricane Katrina destroy the southern states and for those who don’t understand what happened he tries to explain it through his comic. I don’t believe anyone would need to have any specific knowledge to understand the comic other than knowing that Hurricane Katrina caused this event. Otherwise, the readers will wonder where in the world did something this awful happen.

    Neufeld began writing this comic in 2006 as a web series, but it soon turned into a graphic novel that was concluded in 2009. The comic was based on the tragic event in 2005, Hurricane Katrina. Neufeld wants to focus on the losses that people went through and bring it to a personal level so everyone can understand. He wants people to know what happened during the events of Hurricane Katrina, he will tells it to the readers straight and nothing is sugar coated. Since this event is fairly recent, I would categorize it has modern.

  10. Purpose: The idea Josh Neufeld is trying to portray is what was happening soon after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2006. By the images and the language he shows in his comic helps people understand things that were actually going on. It informs people on some of the problems they might have not known about days after the tragedy. It shows how much of a struggle people were having just to survive and what some of their problems were. He does this to make people think of why the situation wasn’t handled better by our government and law enforcement. It also makes people feel bad about the people who had to go through this.
    Audience: Neufeld’s audience is mainly adults by the language he chooses to express his comics. Adults both informed and uninformed about Hurricane Katrina. His comic helps inform people of the real things that were going on rather than just what people heard on the radio that make the tragedy seem better than it actually was. He also aims it towards our government and law officials that didn’t do their job by making sure people were getting helped in a timely manner. He points out that they should’ve done a better job in helping everyone there.
    Context: Josh Neufeld’s comic shows the things that were going on sometime after the Hurricane hit, even though this could’ve been days, weeks, or even months. Many people were left without a home, food, medication, or even water. It took months for government officials to finally figure out a way to get everyone to a safe, clean environment. Even today New Orleans is still in recovery and not everyone has been able to move back to their homes there. After this, the government is still to blame for the time everything took, after this happened the trust in our government has majorly declined.

  11. Purpose: Josh Neufeld’s purpose of this comic was to inform readers who hadn’t known about the tragedy in New Orleans aware of the circumstances many families were faced with. He tried to reach out to both positive and negative sides by going against the contradictions that were made towards a specific group that was untrue. Neufeld wanted to recognize those who played their role of safety and the well-being of others as well.
    Audience: I feel that Neufeld’s audience was targeted to those who were personally disrespected from the media that was told to the world. He personally interviewed victims of Hurricane Katrina and made it evident with factual information that the media may not always be correct and can in fact get the story wrong. I think Neufeld felt that it was his job to put those victims at ease who were rejected of sanitation, water and food. He wanted to make it that the victims of Hurricane Katrina were only doing what they could to survive since the government wasn’t trying to help their situation whatsoever. Therefore I feel that the audience was the Hurricane Katrina victims reaching out to them.
    Context: The context was chosen for many reasons; so that people could try and understand why some individuals may have acted the way they did, to explain what it might’ve been like living in those harsh conditions and how they were treated by authority. Neufeld chose this context to not only try and understand himself how the victims must have felt but to also have his readers understand as well. The context gave a lot of meaning on how many Hurricane Katrina victims could’ve possibly felt during the time they were cluttered into the Convention Center with no resources to survive from.

  12. Purpose: Hurricane Katrina was a devistating phenomenon that hit our country more than 5 years ago. Many lives were lost along with many societies that have been stable for over a hundred years. Josh Neufeld drew up a comic strip titled “A.D. New Orleans after the Deluge” which was written/drawn about the people and what they had to go through without any government help.
    Audience: Neufeld’s audience could be almost everyone but specificely I think it hits closer to home for the victims and survivors of the hurricane. The people got to tell the stories in which the government didnt. Though it is interesting throughout his commic it seems to be mostly african american, while the caucasin people are the ones “in charge” so to speak.
    Context: The context that Josh has chosen represents the people and how they suffered through probably one of the hardest times of there life.

  13. Audience: I believe that Neufeld’s audience are people that generally want to know about what the people went through during Hurricane Katrina. Mainly people that are caring and interested, or curious in knowing different stories about what happened during and after Hurricane Katrina. The audience could also be people that were involved in the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina.

    Purpose: Neufeld’s purpose of the comic was to inform people of what happened during and after Hurricane Katrina, through the eyes of people that were actually there. Through his comic he showed what types of people were helping and what people weren’t helping. He showed the irony that you can trust the “thugs” of life, but you can’t trust someone like the police. I believe he had an underline purpose of trying to show people who certain individuals would act under pressure.

    Context: this certain comic happened during a time when people had no food or water. Right after Hurricane Katrina hit, these people were forced to stay in one area and were not given any supplies. I believe it is a modern time because Hurricane was a very recent catastrophe that people are still dealing with today. These people were made to stay in one spot, with no one to help them, until someone told them otherwise.

  14. In this comic strip, the motivation was very simple. Neufeld was trying to express the horrifying events of Hurricane Katrina and the other elements and aspects that went along with that. He expressed the feeling of abandonment and any other feeling related to that because throughout the whole situation, the people were ditched and left alone to deal with the hard realization that there was going to be be minimal help. He wanted everyone to take a step back and look how people responded to the crisis at hand. The government watched the people go crazy and resort to doing things to try to survive. As they compared them to beasts, it was contradicting because the very government, who should have been giving the people supplies, failed to even try to send relief on time. Clearly the purpose of this piece is to teach people and the human race the errors of our own ways. Were people and we make mistakes but when tragedies such as this happen and the response is so poorly, It is better to look back and think about the reasons why so that the future doesn’t suffer and cripple like New Orleans did. The emotion of the people and the lack of emotion from the government was the main factor that set the mood of this piece because it would confuse the audience if there were no feeling from either side or perspective. This isn’t a comic strip out of pure anger or distress, He has decided to react in a way that shows the faults of our government without getting to personal and one sided. The city of New Orleans is still trying to get back up from the wreckage but the strength that was built from this, will make them stronger then anyone, no matter the situation.

  15. The purpose of this essay is for Josh Neufeld not to show people really about the storm, but to show people how everyone was treated after the storm. Not a lot of people know what was really going on in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina happened. When it first happened people were donating money and trying to help everyone out as much as possible when it first happened and believed that they were helping people get everything what they need but really that was not what was going on. I think Neufeld really wanted to show the lack of help that the people get after the horrible tragedy.

    I think after the whole tragedy people were very disappointed in the government. They thought that how they dealt with the whole hurricane was not okay at all because the people were not getting everything they need. The people suffering from hurricane katrina and were still stuck in New Orleans were not getting the help they needed. They had no water to drink, no food, and not a sanitary place to sleep. People were trapped in New Orleans and not allowed to leave but staying there was not going to help them get better. The government was really looked down upon after this and had to really try and earn there trust back especially from the people of New Orleans.

  16. Josh Neufeld’s purpose for writing A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge seems to be to make his audience( American citizens) aware of what the conditions were like for those who were stuck in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, as well as to reveal how unhelpful the government was immediately following the tragedy.

    By writing in comic form, Neufeld takes a very serious situation and writes it in a very entertaing way to capture and keep his audiences attention. If he would have written it as an essay in black ink typed on white paper, people would have been less likely to read his essay and thought of it as just another piece of writing. By bringing the situation to life through dialogue and pictures, we are able to see just how real the aftermath of the hurricane was. The people lacked basic needs and the government was not there to provide. So, they were forced to provide for themselves.

    Neufeld seems to be very alarmed and caring about this subject. By using such a real and lively style of writing he is becoming very personal with his readers. Neufeld’s reaccuring use of profanity in his comic gives his audience the sense that he too is very upset with the situation that took place. He makes a real connection with his topic and his readers.

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