Animal Imagery In Maus By Art Spiegelman

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Art Spiegelman, an American cartoonist, take advantages of postmodern principles in his best known graphic novel Maus. He successfully used the characteristics between animals and humans to demonstrate a cruel and bloody historical event, the Holocaust. Briefly animal imagery is an important and successful means to Art Spiegelman to demonstrate the social background and ethnic problem during WWII period. This comparison gives the readers a better understanding of the ethnic differences between Jewish people and Nazi supporters in a more visual sense. Art Spiegelman as a second generation survivor, experienced the Holocaust as a listener but did not participate in the event, therefore, demonstrate the Holocaust in an authentic way in Maus…show more content…
Art Spiegelman used animals to stand-in for human characteristics is appropriate to the cultural context of the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler’s twisted idea of Jewish people are not part of the human race but are vermins is the base of the tragic events of the Holocaust during the World War II. As Hitler said: “The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human” (Ma 3). Under his domination, Der Sturmer, a Nazi newspaper publication, and other anti-Semitic publications used the image of mice to describe Jewish people because they believes Jewish people should be eliminated just like vermins (C.Ewert 7). At the time, mice were cultural stereotype of Jewish people in most eyes of Nazi supporters. In Maus, Art Spiegelman used Nazi Germany’s idea of Jewish people as disease carrying vermin to depict Jewish people as
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