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The setting of Maus I began in Vladek’s home. Artie visits his old grumpy father every once in a while, just to listen to the stories his dad tells him about the time during the war. The setting switches from the past to the present quite often. Vladek starts off by telling Artie how he met and eventually married his mother, Anja, to how they ended up in Auschwitz. The stories in between were about the struggles Artie’s parents endured during the war. The setting of Maus II switches from being in the Bungalows, a cabin to being at Rego Park to ending in Florida. Throughout Maus II Vladek becomes very ill, he has to be hospitalized several times, and to be worse Mala his current wife leaves him and takes all his money with her. Mala eventually comes back with Vladek once he becomes extremely ill. Vladek continues to tell Artie how he got out of Auschwitz, how he got saved by the Americans, and how he eventually got reunited with Anja.
The main characters for the Complete Maus are Vladek Spiegelman, Art Spiegelman, Anja Spiegelman, and Mala. As I mentioned before Vladek Spiegelman was a holocaust survivor. After the holocaust he became a grumpy stingy man. He said he was stingy because of all he went through, he didn’t want to waste anything, and everything to him was very valuable. Art Spiegelman is the son of Vladek. He is a cartoonist, trying to get as much information about the holocaust from his father to do a graphic novel. While he tries to get information Vladek and Art have many arguments, as father and son they don’t have a good relationship.
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