By writing two separate stories within one, Spiegelman is able to represent the life of his father and other Jewish people during the Holocaust. Spiegelman struggles to depict an accurate representation of life during the Holocaust because he never personally experienced it. He is able to give a more honest approach to the horrendous story by replacing humans with animals. The facts from the Holocaust can be easier to accept if there isn’t a human face attached to the terror. He portrays Jews as mice, and Nazis as cats. The relationship of cats and mice is known as constant pursuing and hunting which is symbolic of the relationship between the Jews and...
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... survivors often felt indebted to their parents and searched for ways to honor those who survived and remember those who died. The children of survivors will forever be unable to understand the full extent of what their parents went through. While talking to his father about a stolen box, Spiegelman has a revelation. ‘“You left the box in the barrack? How could it not be taken?” “I didn’t think on it…” “But everyone was starving to death! Sigh- I guess I just don’t understand” “Yes… About Auschwitz, nobody can understand.”’ (Spiegelman, 224). It is difficult, maybe even impossible to fully understand the magnitude of the Holocaust and its impact on not just one generations, but multiple generations after. Questions still remain. Questions will always remain. “Nobody can understand.”
Spiegelman, Art. The Complete Maus. New York: Pantheon, 1997. Print.
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