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Art Spiegelman, born in Swedish, is a major forerunner of the idea that comic books can be literature. Within his early, underground work, Spiegelman experimented with many forms of narrative, including modern and postmodern. He broke further barriers with “Maus” and “Maus II.” In these influential works, Art’s father, Vladek Spiegelman testifies to his accounts in the Holocaust. (Chute, 3766) Within The Heath Anthology’s excerpt of “Maus II,” Spiegelman uniquely transitions from narrating his present accounts as a disillusioned author to recounting his father’s past as a prisoner in Auschwitz. Overall, “Maus II” is a valuable work as it reminds the reader of the complexities of writing about certain events in history. In addition, “Maus II” inhibits the reader’s ability to make judgments on the physical features of the characters—as the Nazis did to Jews—so the reader may only identify with each character as human.
“Maus II” begins with a first-person narrative on Spiegelman’s struggle to cope with the posthumous success of “Maus,” and his ill attempts to write a story of over the H...
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