The Meaning of Words and their Power

Paul Auster comments frequently on the use of words and their ‘power’ or ‘meanings’ during his novel. In the graphic adaptation, this is further exemplified through the different uses of fonts and the sometimes symbolic imagery of his speaking characters. He presents 3 main views on the topic of words. The first is expressed through Peter Stillman Jr. and mainly consists of words are nothing more than broken fragments of our reality that we have dreamed up in order to convey ideas in a collaborative way. The second is presented by Peter Stillman Sr. and the work of John Milton. This is mainly the contention that words had power up until the fall of man, and then they lost their meaning, so we must regain the innocence of words to re-attain the paradise that God created for us. Finally, the author Paul Auster expresses his own view through the experience of Peter Stillman Jr., the character of Devin Quinn, and the narrator at the end of the novel. I believe he means to say that the true place of words in our world falls somewhere in between these two extremes. Words have power, but not in the idea that hey are an object’s essence, but rather that we can shape ideas and use them to do so many varied tasks. Without them, we would end up like Peter Stillman Jr. and Quinn at the end of the novel; alone, partially insane, and lost to the world, and ourselves.The Meaning of Words

Lost and Found

There were a few times in my life when I felt lost, alone, worthless, and that no one cared for me. At each of these instances, I was surprised because suddenly, someone, or more commonly a few people, would come to me, know what was wrong, and comfort me in the way that only your friends and family can. This comic is a testament to that healing and comforting power, and a show of gratitude and love for each of them.

A boy finding the support he needed.
A boy finding the support he needed.