The Cave is a wordless comic that tells the story of an explorer’s discovery of The Cave. The explorer ventures underground to explore The Cave, and gains knowledge about The Cave in the form of paintings along the way. The paintings tell The Explorer to beware The Haze, but The Explorer disregards this warning, proceeds onwards to The Cave’s center, and The Haze appears. The Cave then proceeds to destroy The Explorer.
The story of The Cave is told in a comic by Jean McCord called The Cave (2007). The comic has no words, and uses pictures to tell the story. However, little context is given for many of these pictures, so it leaves an interpretation open to the reader. The comic contains a total of 142 pages with individual pictures on each page depicting a particular scene from beginning to end. The entire story itself spans about 12-15 minutes in real time, but more than 1 hour’s worth of events take place within that time frame that are not explicitly written within the story .
The Cave by Jean McCord is an essay that takes place in The New Yorker. The author of “The Cave”, Jean McCord, lives in upstate New York and is the only daughter out of three children. Her mother worked as a teacher, so she was able to be close to her daughter while at work. The story is told through the eyes of Jean’s mother who recalls several memories she has with her daughter including their experience visiting The Cave; which represents The Grand Canyon for Arizona State University students (McCord). Jean McCord attended The College of St. Catherine’s where she received her Bachelor’s Degree (McCord).
She then went on to receive her Masters degree from The of Michigan (McCord). The story begins with Jean’s mother asking her what she wants to do when she grows up. The next memory is of Jean in The College of St. Catherine’s where the students are on spring break and taking a trip to The Grand Canyon. The group had taken several pictures around The Cave, but Jean never showed for them because she was preoccupied with sketching The Cave instead (McCord). When they returned home from their trip, Jean’s mother pulled out the photos that were developed and found that only one included Jean in it which was the photo of The Cave (McCord).
It is apparent how much Jean loves painting The Cave since this is where most of her concentration goes towards during the trip. The story ends with Jean’s mother remarking that Jean prefers The Cave to the world (McCord). The essay is written in first person point of view. The writer is Jean McCord’s mother, who is sharing stories about her beloved daughter, Jean. She talks about their experiences together over the years and how each memory has many layers of meaning behind it.
The author wanted to help give people a better understanding of the kind of woman she was, which makes for a very touching read. Jean McCord grew up as an only child due to her family being forced to terminate another pregnancy after she was born (McCord). The author is Jean’s mother. The story takes place in The New Yorker. The essay is written in third person point of view. The author wants to share memories about her daughter with the readers so that people may have a better understanding of who she was as a woman and how much she loved The Cave.
The gang tried to trick George out of the cave, but it did not work because George was smart. The next day, there was a flooding in town and people were lost. The mayor announced that all homeless people could stay at one of the last shelters for free. The bum showed up there, trying to check in because he had no where else to go. The shelter was full though due to the flooding.
The man working said they would call him when their room opened back up causing George to hope that he gets into that shelter soon so he can rest easier at night without worrying about his home being flooded or messed with by other men because he has lived in this cave for years now since his wife died, is why nobody knows who he is. The moral message that readers get from this story is that we should be individuals and value other people’s lives. Characteristics of a good story are present in “The Cave. The setting takes place in a small town, where there is a cave on the hillside behind it.
The time period is unclear but most likely some point after World War II and before 1960 or 1970 because of the presence of cars, the use of women as homemakers, and not mentioning anything about Vietnam, racism, or civil rights (which were hot topics at one time). The central idea focuses on how Charley cares for George until he realizes that George has nowhere to go temporarily during flooding. The theme is to value others even if they are different from you.
The plot is that Charley and his gang try to get George out of the cave for their clubhouse, but realize that he has nowhere to go during flooding. The story climaxes as Charley’s gang tries to trick George into giving up the cave as a clubhouse, but fails. The story ends with George homeless and hoping to obtain shelter so he can rest easier at night without worrying about his home being flooded or messed with by other men because he has lived in this cave for years now since his wife died, is why nobody knows who he is.
The biggest strength of this story was its development on characterthe characters were developed throughout the story and changed opinions of others through talking, arguing, and thinking about the actions of others. The biggest weakness in this story is the ambiguity of setting and time period. The Cave The most important part of a story is the most obvious: The most important part of this story is The Cave, which represents George’s life because he has lived there for years now since his wife died, which is why nobody knows who he is.
The secondary importance to the story would be Charley because he was able to see through all negative aspects around him and see how it could benefit other people instead of just himself. The author used good word choice to give readers an understanding about what went on during that time period while still making them feel something while reading the piece.
Interpretation The moral message that readers get from this story is that we should value others even if they are different from us. The theme emphasizes why George has lived in The Cave for years now since his wife died, which is why nobody knows who he is. The biggest strength of this story was its development on characters because the characters were developed throughout the story and changed opinions of others through talking, arguing, and thinking about the actions of others.
The biggest weakness in this story is the ambiguity of setting and time period because it makes it difficult to determine when The Cave took place or where The Cave was located because The author never mentions anything about World War II or Vietnam (which would have helped readers understand the time period better). The author uses good word choice to make readers feel something while reading Jean McCord The story takes place in The Cave after The Cave’s wife died and that The Cave has lived in The Cave for years now since then, which is why nobody knows who The Cave is.