As mentioned before, graphic novels can be great tools for some, if not all, readers. As well the holocausts can be a difficult subject, not always easy to read about. Using graphic novels, which often is associated with children, to represent a traumatic event can be problematic: “The enormity of atrocity is such that the very act of representing it risked trivializing or over-dramatizing it,”(2). In other words, the author has to be very cautions when writing serious graphic novels not to get too creative and dramatize the situation even more than what already was. Spiegelman presents his vision of the legacy of the Holocaust in a new and innovative way—through images and words simultaneously.
Spiegelman uses many different strategies to keep his graphic no...
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...us subject such as the Holocaust can entice all types of people, so the readers should be just as broad in a sense. By using many different strategies, Spiegelman creates a bonding relationship between the image and the text unlike any other graphic novel of his time.
1. In Schools and Libraries, Graphic Novels. 18 Apr. 2011 http://www.ipl.org/div/graphicnovels/gnsSchoolsNLibs.html
2. “Visualizing Memory in the Graphic Novel.” Concordia Undergraduate Journal of Art History 18 Apr. 2011 http://cujah.com/publications/volume-vi/visualizing-memory-graphic-novel/
3. “The Unusual Structure of MAUS.” American Literacy Traditions 18 Apr. 2011
4. “The Comic Book Style.” American Literacy Traditions 18 Apr. 2011 < http://records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/introser/maus.htm >
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