Because one of the settings takes place after the war, MAUS discusses the familial guilt that was caused due to the holocaust, unlike Night, which doesn’t allow that sort of discussion. Because of the sheer amount of people affected by the Holocaust, it continued having an (Figure 1: Artie in the car with his wife) effect on generations to come. This is clearly displayed in MAUS, when Artie is discussing his views on the Holocaust with his wife (See Fig. 1-2). Artie is evidently guilty about (Figure 2: Artie in the car with his wife) what his parents faced in the Holocaust, saying that he feels “...so inadequate trying to reconstruct a reality that was worse than my darkest dreams” (Spiegelman, 176). This is because he personally lived a relativel...
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... these “veterans”, such as that of Vladek Spiegelman allows for more actual facts to be present.
Despite the fact that both MAUS and Night are both extremely relevant novels in terms of Holocaust literature, MAUS is a far better educational tool for students. Elie Wiesel, the author of Night, once said “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” Books recounting the tales of those who survived the abominable acts of the Holocaust are one of the greatest ways to bear witness. MAUS accomplishes this task by offering a real look at familial gsuilt, showing the reader graphic imagery in order to alienate them, and including more factual evidence thanks to the larger span of time. Overall, when it comes to the preservation of memories, MAUS is far superior. It bears witness to the horrors that occurred, and therefore will carry out the memories for eternity.
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