We see in the final section of the book that Jimmy is developing a nicer relationship with his dad but is having a hard time communicating. At once Jimmy is introduced to his sister, his dad is in the hospital, and he is meeting his grandfather for the first time. Then he opens up for one of the first times in the whole book and lets it all out, he cries in front of people that he barely knows, not by himself, not around people he knows. He just breaks down and this strikes me as very interesting that it happened at this point. Later when his sister pushes him and is mad at him, he just leaves and takes that opportunity to resume his life in Chicago, but we see a glimpse of Jimmy turning a new leaf when the new girl in his office is talking to him. To me, even though the time with his dad ending terribly, he gained the relationship that he always desired and was able to grow and develop himself.
While finishing "Jimmy Corrigan," I continued to feel like the story was completely out of chronological order. At times I couldn't even tell where a story began or ended. I found it difficult to follow the storyline. Once I was able to piece together the sequence of events, I realized that Jimmy was basically unable to form any relationships with his family because of how his mother raised him. She smothered him because she was a single parent, and as a result Jimmy has problems establishing relationships with his father, grandfather, and sister. He doesn't really show any emotion, which was weird because it made it challenging to identify Jimmy as a character. Another thing that I noticed was the complexity of the images, specifically when they portrayed movement. Even if a particular image is very simple, the use of movement makes the expression complex.
The most interesting part of the second half of "Jimmy Corrigan" to me was the introduction and development of Jimmy's sister, Amy Corrigan. Up until the introduction of Amy, every character in "Corrigan" seemed to be extreme and not relatable. This had a detaching effect on the reader, making for an observational experience rather than one of involvement. However, Amy changes that by introducing a character that reflects a person we might meet in real life, and not one we can only imagine on paper. The way she deals with Jimmy, openly frustrated and pushing him in the hospital after being informed their father passed away, is much similar to how we feel like dealing with Jimmy throughout the book. Amy changes the whole experience of "Jimmy Corrigan", making it an entirely more realistic portrait.
Throughout Jimmy Corrigan, the reader seems to constantly be presented with a depressing depiction of Jimmy's life and of American society in general. Up until the end, Ware doesn't seem to care about sugar coating his bleak portrayal of society and the people in it. When we are introduced to Jimmy's new coworker, Ware seems to be providing the reader with a glimpse of optimism for Jimmy's future. And this happens again with the final pictures of Jimmy flying away. After pages of criticism, Ware leaves the reader with a sense of hope that maybe society isn't so bad after all.
i feel that the second half of the book was way less confusing. it may be that i just got used to the "disorganization" but i was able to follow it much more closely. the character of jimmys dad really grew on me in the second half, especially with the explanation of the bacon spelling out words. it seems that jimmys dad was just as nervous about meeting him as jimmy was and his way of saying hello was with the bacon instead of words. jimmy also started to aggravate me a bit more in the second half. i wish he would have started to take control of his life a little more but maybe he will with tammy.
It seems extremely confusing to me as to where "Jimmy Corigan" began because the series of events seem to be out of order which could have been caused by his inability to develop a special relationship with any of his family members. Jimmy's life is portrayed negatively throughout the novel until the end where Jimmy is flying away in the last few pictures shows that their might be a bright future for Jimmy. This shows up unexpectedly after seeing how dysfunctional Jimmy's life has been up until that point.
The end of Jimmy Corrigan was very confusing to me. The fact that we translated the "language" of Ware helped a little, but the identity of Jimmy seems to become lost into other images (or perhaps I am not coding Ware correctly). I noticed multiple images of a horse, from being a figurine to a horse in a bed. To me, this horse may represent Jimmy. Wild horses usually travel in packs; however, a stray horse can survive on its own.