According to Ware’s graphic novel, “Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth,” the western world is in a dismal state. Guised as a global metropolis at the forefront of civilization and technology, Ware depicts the West as ridden with social problems. He shows Lady Liberty, once the personification of freedom and power, as having been corrupted by present-day western world. Ware, through his use of a blindfolded Lady Liberty, exposes the true condition of the West in present day: a backwards society in which technology is the only component that is advancing, albeit aimlessly.
Despite rapidly improving and groundbreaking technology, millions are impoverished and sick. To blame technology itself for not being accessible to the poor and ailing would be to ignore the true cause - the wealthy. Capitalism is what drives the incessant growth and aimlessness of technology in the world. The competition to make more money has resulted in numerous advances in technology but has also resulted in man’s ignorance to the plight of his fellow citizens. By using technology only for monetary gain, conditions for the poor continue to deteriorate despite the existence of technology to aid them. Ware presents two wealthy men each buying a newspaper from a young black paperboy. The deteriorating health of his mother, who we can assume to be impoverished, is revealed and both men are presented with an opportunity to help the paperboy. However rather than helping the boy for altruistic reasons, it became apparent that it was a competition between the two men when the “losing” man muttered the racial slur. They were not concerned for the welfare of the boy and his mother, but concerned rather of themselves. He was too busy “weighing the relative value of his own redemption, the young newsboy’s actual degree of impoverishment, and the large lunch he was planning for himself later that day” to be concerned with the boy’s well being.
This state of the wealthy using their status and money towards themselves rather than the needy is the source of the aimlessness of technology. The blindfolded Lady Liberty grasping the ribbons of technology illustrate a society which is equipped with tools of progress however is blinded by competition and selfishness. When the people who have the means and access to technology do not use it to promote social health of the society, then the advancements of technology are all for naught.
power but rather is present to be ogled or simply dismissed by passerby's. Ware illustrates that despite being heralded as “The Metropolis of the West” at the forefront of social and technological advancement, women are being dismissed and sexualized. When a woman attempts to be an individual by self-empowering herself, she is disregarded and attacked as overstepping her boundaries. The woman dressed with an intricate hat rather than a more simple one is dismissed by the same man who dismisses Lady Liberty’s chest as an image of empowerment. This depicts the stratification of genders in the social hierarchy in which women are at the bottom.
Ware’s critique of society’s view of women is apparent in our modern day media’s depiction of women. Films, magazine, and music present a hypersexualized image of women intended to portray women in an inferior role thus promoting the immobility of women in the social hierarchy.