One of the evident drawbacks of having animals depict human characters, is that they are figuratively and literally dehumanized. Humans are more complex than their primitive desires, impulses, and needs; and this fact could very easily be lost in translation with this choice of illustration. For example, it could be interpreted that the Germans who were drawn as cats, were behaving like the carnivorous species that they are, and chasing mice, because it is encoded in their natural instincts and a part of their primitive behaviour. This exempts the perpetrators, since it implies th...
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... helped the characters not be dehumanized, and helped the reader not to forget that every action that was made should be individually weighed and judged, not as a collective in regard to their corresponding animals’ primitive behaviours. He protected his audience from viewing his work as a fictitious piece by including facts and primary sources in his panels. By drawing the characters as animals, he was able to portray many incidents better and give his story a symbolic aspect. The roles that each group of people played in the Shoah corresponded with its own animal’s characteristics and behaviours. Overall, it was much more beneficial to use animals instead of humans in his depiction because it starts a whole new conversation and dialogue, as well as challenge the readers to think deeper about the roles of the victims and perpetrators in the grand scheme of the Shoah.
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