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Political Discourse and Ideological Polarisation in the Narrative of the Tintin Comics

Journal: International Journal of English, Literature and Social Science (Vol.7, No. 4)

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Page : 258-266

Keywords : Tintin; Politics; Ideology; Imperialism; Revolution; Fascism; Communism; Anti-Americanism; Europe; Comics; Hergé;

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The inherent nature of the graphic novel to engage with a wide range and number of recipients makes the Tintin Comics an immensely popular work of literature, being a popular example of European comics. A combination of Hergé's personal political views, strict ideological instructions from initial publishers Le Petit Vingtième and the political landscape of Europe during the time the comics was written, paved the way for the political narrative of the series. A closer inspection of the diverse narratives of the series exposes a world-view of the creator and politically influenced character arcs of all the major members of the storyline. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the major aspects that governed European politics during the 20th Century and the effect the conflicts that several of these opposing ideologies had on the continent and the world. This paper also discusses the way the Tintin comics, in concern with the themes of imperialism and colonialism, communism, totalitarianism (fascism and dictatorships) and anti-Americanism through relatable characterisation of worldly issues that struck a chord with the readers, regardless of age and generation

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