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Maus and the Holocaust

- The Holocaust is known to all of us in some manner. Maybe we know someone who survived this terrible event in history, or one has learned about it in school, either way, everyone has had some kind of knowledge about the horrible things that the Nazi party did to the European Jews during the Holocaust. The Holocaust took a great toll on many lives in one way or another, one in particular being Vladek Spiegleman.  Vladek's personality underwent a huge change due to his experiences during World War II.  His personality is so dynamic and it was the experiences that he made during the Holocaust that changed him so dramamtically....   [tags: Maus]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Maus I And Maus '

- ... I was on the front, one of the first to—ACH!”, this disrupts the tension (39). When Vladek spills his pills, the story begins to cave in. On the edge of chair and BAM, the story falls off the edge. The conversion between Art, and Vladek continues, and the reader gets drug through a different segment of the story. This is another perfect example of a mock catharsis. Spiegelman has a seamlessness way that flows the reader through the novel, however the emotions are not carried throughout the story....   [tags: Maus, Art Spiegelman, The Reader, Stereotypes]

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`` Maus `` By Art Spiegelman

- ... These Jewish people are standing over a shading ground that makes readers to pay even more attention in the bodies. The group on the right is drawn with a bigger perspective than the group on the left, which makes it weak and unimportant. It also means that the group on the right seems to be closer, bigger, and more important. There are also men with pig heads that wear black and white striped uniforms and men with cat heads that wear completely black uniforms. These color patterns in the uniforms make the difference between Polish people and the Nazis because even though the Polish people have a little authority in the Nazi camps, they are still prisoners....   [tags: Maus, Art Spiegelman, White]

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Analysis Of Spiegelman 's ' Maus '

- In Art Spiegelman’s Maus, the audience is led through a very emotional story of a Holocaust survivor’s life and the present day consequences that the event has placed on his relationship with the author, who is his son, and his wife. Throughout this novel, the audience constantly is reminded of how horrific the Holocaust was to the Jewish people. Nevertheless, the novel finds very effective ways to insert forms of humor in the inner story and outer story of Maus. Although the Holocaust has a heart wrenching effect on the novel as a whole, the effective use of humor allows for the story to become slightly less severe and a more tolerable read....   [tags: Humour, Comedy, Maus, Art Spiegelman]

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Historical Events Of George Maus 's ' Maus '

- ... According to Joshua Brown in his work Of Mice and Memory, Spiegelman deliberately did not perfect his images to make it more personal . Along with his drawings, he also uses pictures of real people and real places. He is true to history and his father’s depictions of it and does not fall into the trap of being too childish or comical. He does not joke or make fun of what happened, not makes the events of the Holocaust any less grave as they were. As Hilary Chute says in her work Comics as Literature....   [tags: Comics, Graphic novel, Maus, Art Spiegelman]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Maus '

- ... In the first initial part of the book Spigelman opens up with a quote from Hitler, “The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human.” (pg. 10) NEED A TRANSITION SENTENCE With any type of artistic work, the visual style is the crucial part for the viewers (readers in this case) to comprehend the piece as a whole. With, Maus, Spigelman has done an incredible job breaking the barriers of the past in the category of comic form using masks and manipulation. In order to not abide by comic rules and guidelines Spigelman made the book about a significant era in a graphic horrific atrocity....   [tags: Maus, Art Spiegelman, World War II]

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The Swastika in MAUS

- The Swastika in MAUS The image of the swastika pervades Arthur Spiegelman's graphic novel MAUS. In a work where so much of the Holocaust has been changed in some way - after all, there are no humans in this version, only cats, mice, dogs, and pigs - we must wonder why Spiegelman chooses to retain this well-known emblem. To remove it entirely or replace it with another, invented symbol would completely disorient the reader; but some might claim that this is the effect at which Spiegelman is aiming....   [tags: Maus Essays]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Maus '

- Throughout the course of Maus I and II, evidence of survival is clearly present in the lives of those who experienced the Holocaust. Vladek, Anja, and all of the millions who were persecuted and worked in camps are the epitome of survival. Vladek, for example, did everything in his power to protect and provide for his family and friends despite his abysmal situation. This, coupled with the will to live that he and other survivors show, enabled him to live a long life spanning much farther that the Holocaust....   [tags: Nazi Germany, Jews, Maus, Adolf Hitler]

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Review of Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

- Review of Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman The holocaust was a terrible war that killed many Jewish people. Valdek was extremely lucky and he was one of the very few Jews who lived and made it through the war. Although he is still a live he will never be able to forget the terrible things the Nazis did to the Jews. The things he learnt in the concentration camps will always affect his life and after reading Maus the reader can see many different ways that the holocaust effected Valdek’s personality....   [tags: Maus, Art Spiegelman, Autobiography, Holocaust]

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The Graphic Novels: Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home, and Barefoot Gen

- The super-genre of what collectively can be called ‘comics’ represents a cultural phenomenon which has exploded in the last fifty-plus years onto the public scene. Evolving from newspaper strip comics to superhero stories in paperback periodicals, the world of comics spread further and further into public appeal. With the publication of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, however, comics opened the door onto a world of possibilities. After Maus received high acclaim, despite its academic taboo as a medium, many more historical-commentary graphic novels found their way into the public eye: Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen, and a legion of others....   [tags: Maus, Persepolis, Fun Home]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Maus II ' By Art Spiegelman

- ... This shows how comic can be used in interesting ways to relate back to history and get the people of today to be interested in the past. In the 1950’s, a cartoonist named Roy Crane created a comic strip character by request of the government to help make propaganda for the Cold War. The character was John “Buz” Sawyer, a retired U.S. navy pilot who got called back to duty to help the people of other countries to realize, “America…promised a better future than Soviet central planning” (Heer 2015)....   [tags: Graphic novel, Comics, Maus, Comic strip]

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Analysis Of The Book Night By Elie Wiesel, And Maus By Art Spiegelman

- ... 1-2). Artie is evidently guilty about (Figure 2: Artie in the car with his wife) what his parents faced in the Holocaust, saying that he feels “ inadequate trying to reconstruct a reality that was worse than my darkest dreams” (Spiegelman, 176). This is because he personally lived a relatively easy life, in contrast to his parents. Familial guilt is essential to an educational Holocaust story, because it shows how devastating the horrors that occurred really were, and how they impacted family members of survivors for years to come....   [tags: Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz concentration camp, Maus]

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Personal, Social, and Cultural Contexts Established by the Frame Story in MAUS

- Personal, Social, and Cultural Contexts Established by the Frame Story in MAUS     The use of the frame story, an overarching narrative used to connect a series of loosely related stories, pervades literature. An example of a frame story on a large scale - tying together a whole book-length work, not a simple short story - can be found in Art Spiegelman's graphic novel MAUS. Each of the narrative's six sections is framed with snatches of the interaction between Vladek and Art during the "interview" that supposedly occurred to create the book....   [tags: Maus Essays]

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Maus by Art Spiegelman

- Maus by Art Spiegelman      The book Maus, by Art Spiegelman, it is the true story of his fathers life, mainly during the Jewish concentration camps. The chronicle is displayed in such a way it grabs the reader’s attention right away and gets them hooked on the story. Art Spiegelman’s dad, Vladek, explains to his son about the duress, and the excruciating pain he went through during the time of the concentration camps. Art retells the story exactly how his father told him, he did not concoct it, nor did his father mitigate how the concentration camps really were....   [tags: Maus Art Spiegelman Concentration Camps Essays]

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Use of Animals in Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor's Tale

- The Use of Animals in Art Spiegelman's Maus: A Survivor’s Tale The Maus series of books tell a very powerful story about one man’s experience in the Holocaust. They do not tell the story in the conventional novel fashion. Instead, the books take on an approach that uses comic windows as a method of conveying the story. One of the most controversial aspects of this method was the use of animals to portray different races of people. The use of animals as human races shows the reader the ideas of the Holocaust a lot more forcefully than simply using humans as the characters....   [tags: Art Spiegelman Maus A Survivor?s Tale]

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Art Spiegelman's Maus - Prisoner on the Hell Planet - A Case History

- Art Spiegleman's comic book within the comic book Maus is titled "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History." This text within a text describes, in horrific detail through pictures, Artie's failed effort to get through the painful loss of his mother due to suicide. This text also in a way, represents a part of Artie's mind where he expresses his feelings of loneliness, doubt, fear, anger, and blame through the form of a dark, gloomy, depressing cartoon. In the first frame on page 100 nest to the title "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History," including this picture of Artie and his mother at Trojan Lake in 1958 (ten years before his mother killed herself)....   [tags: Art Spiegelman's Maus]

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Writing Techniques in Art Spiegelman's Maus and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

- Writing Techniques in Art Spiegelman's Maus and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five BAM. ZONK. POW. ZAP. What images do these words bring to mind. For many people, they illicit scenes of Batman and his sidekick Robin, fighting their way through a legion of bad guys while arriving only seconds after their arch-villain has escaped. From these short, succinct, nonsense words, images of battles are painted over a much larger canvas; the delicate balance and constant struggle between good and evil is illustrated in black and white terms....   [tags: Spiegelman maus Vonnegut Slaughterhouse Essays]

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Betrayal in "Maus"

- During World War II and the Holocaust, there was not only mistrust for the government but there was also plenty of mistrust for prior friends and neighbors. In the graphic novel, “Maus (Volume I and II) Vladek Spiegelman makes it very clear to his son, Artie, that one cannot count on their friends. He makes the point that in time of hardship, friends will abandon you quite quickly. Vladek says, “Friends. Your friends…if you lock them together in a room with no food for a week…then you could see what it is, friends....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Maus and Traplines

- In Maus, Spiegelman tells his own story though an array of significant images while trying to gain insight into his father’s life before and during the Holocaust. Henceforth, Spiegelman ultimately acknowledges that his troubled relationship with his father is a direct result of the tragic events his father was never able to recover from post Holocaust. In contrast, Traplines is a story of a family, who is presumably First Nations, however Robinson makes subtle mentions of this within the text. Robinson writes about the struggles the family faces and how drugs and alcohol become a prominent way of dealing with their pain and suffering....   [tags: father-son relationships stories]

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Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

- One - The Sheik Art visits his dad, Vladek, in Rego Park, New York, after being away for about two years. Vladek has married Mala after the suicide of Art's mother. Art persuades Vladek to begin telling him the story of his life, which Art hopes to use for a book. Vladek begins at the time that he is a young man working in the textile business near Czestochowa, Poland. He has an affair with the beautiful Lucia before he is introduced to Anna Zylberberg. Anna (Anja) is from a wealthy family and is well educated but nervous and sickly....   [tags: Autobiography Summary maus]

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Analysis Of Maus 's Maus ( Spiegelman ) And Jadzia

- My own father has granted me a wonderfully privileged life due to his prosperous business, and my mother has raised me closely and affectionately due to her ability to stay home and provide a nice home to care for her family. I would consider my parents successful, and would hope that I would portray them as so in a memoir of my life – despite their flaws. When comparing the portrayal of Vladek in Maus (Spiegelman) and Jadzia in A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps (Rylko-Bauer) the child author has an immense amount of control over the way a reader comes to understand the parent main-character in the story....   [tags: Parent, Family, Father, Emotion]

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The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

- Art Spiegelman is the author and artist of Maus. The complete Maus is composed of Maus I and Maus II. Maus I was published in 1986, Maus II was published in 1991. The protagonists for this book are Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and Art Spiegelman, Vladek’s cartoonist son. Volume I for the most part takes place in Poland, with Vladek describing his experience during Hitler’s rule to Art. Volume II is mainly on how the cartoonist Art struggles to make the book he has been working on of his parent’s journey during the Holocaust come together....   [tags: character analysis]

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Comparison of The Shining and Maus I

- The Shining is a 1977 horror novel by Stephen King that is based on events at the Overlook Hotel where the Torrance family is snowed in for the winter which leads to some unfortunate events. Maus I: a Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History is a 1986 graphic novel by Art Spiegelman about the story of his father during the Holocaust. Both of these novels are good stories that are filled with episodes and events that are demonstrated differently. Although the plots of The Shining and Maus 1 bear some minor similarities, the difference between them are more clear, which includes whether the plot is linear and sequential, and the use of stream of consciousness, foreshadowing, and flashbacks....   [tags: Novel Analysis, Horror Novel, Holocaust]

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The Challenges of the “Real” and Depth in Maus

- The Postmodernist movement begun after World War II in which, high and low culture are questionable in the view of society and Art. The postmodernist movement in literature creates a new set of ideals for fiction, such as the metafiction, the fable like representation in novels, the pastiche, irony, and satire. Fredric Jameson speaks about the movement and its theory in his essay “Postmodernism and Consumer Society”. He questions postmodernism in society as it creates the new societal norm of popular culture....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Night And Maus Book Review

- Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, Winston Churchill, once said, “Those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” Throughout Elie Wiesel’s autobiography, Night, his faith in humanity, his belief in God’s justice and his childhood and innocence destroyed and changed his identity as a result of his experiences during the Holocaust. Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew in the book Maus written by Art Spiegelman, struggles through life during this European catastrophe, but does not portray a memory as affecting as Elie Wiesel’s....   [tags: elie wiesel, holocaust, auschwitz, nazi]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Maus '

- ... This exempts the perpetrators, since it implies their lack of free will was affecting their every decision. It also implies that since the Germans are another specie, the mass murder of millions of people could never have happened by any other nationality, and that evil actions are based upon ethnicity, rather than a human’s negligence from their moral standings. However, Spiegelman was able to slightly deter from this indiscretion by giving each character dynamic personalities and pragmatic traits....   [tags: The Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Jews, Germany]

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Racism in Art Spiegelman's Maus

- Art Spiegelman’s Maus is a novel about the Vladek and his experience as a Polish Jew during the Holocaust. It narrates the reality of the Holocaust wherein millions and millions of Jews were systematically killed by the Nazi regime. One of the themes in the story is racism which is evident in the employment of animal characters and its relationship with one another. The Jews are mice, Nazis are cats, Poles are pigs and Americans are dogs. Holocaust and racism are two inseparable elements....   [tags: Polish Jews during the Holocaust]

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Maus and Of Mice and Men

- George, a man living during the depression era with no family, all he has is a mentally handicapped friend. Vladek, another man living with his family during the holocaust, hiding to save their lives, to survive the atrocities of the Nazis, and to remain together as a family. All of this sounds so different, that there is nothing in common between the two men in these stories. Yet, I saw similarities between each character and the situations they were in. There is plenty of material to compare both characters from Maus and Of Mice and Men to each other, myself, and similar themes that may be deduced through psychoanalytic criticism of the characters....   [tags: George Milton, Vladek Spiegleman, intolerance]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Maus '

- Paty Liang Professor Javier Chapa HUMT02 17 January 2015 Dehumanizing Humans Art Spiegelman uses human bodies but replaces the heads by the ones of animals. The small and subtle switch quickly dehumanizes the persons involved in the Holocaust in order to bring and understanding of the pain terror Jews had to endure in this time. Poles became pigs; Savior Americans became canines; ruthless Nazis became savage like felines, while Jews are portrayed as the weakest animal: mice. While the connections between dogs, cats, and mice are easily interpreted, other connections are more tedious to find....   [tags: Nazi Germany, Jews, The Holocaust, Germany]

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Maus by Art Spiegelman

- Why are comics not appreciated as much as the dry narratives of novels in the literary world. A comic is composed of symbols to express concepts shared by all people in their own social environment, and provide more tools than conventional art to truly show artistic intention. Comics exist to expose the ethnic representations that seek to control the development of collective perceptions, memories and emotions and especially fear by investigating the techniques through which this control is maintained....   [tags: Holocaust Survivor]

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Maus I & II

- When most people refer to literature that concentrates specifically on the Holocaust as the subjects, the first thought usually isn’t in the form of a graphic novel. Most people would believe a graphic novel is something only a child would read or someone to the same educational equivalent. Due to their engaging stories and appealing visuals though, graphic novels are idea for visual learners, inexperienced or unenthused readers, and just about anyone else who may not find traditional print books enticing....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Maus: A Survivor's Tale

- Maus: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman, tells the story of his father's survival in Auschwitz during the Holocaust, as well as about Art's relationship with his father, brought out through the interview process and writing the two books. The subject matter of the two books is starkly juxtaposed with the style in which it was written, that is, it is a graphic novel. In most simple terms, the story is told in a sort of comic, with characters represented as animals based on their race or nationality (Jews are presented as mice, Germans as cats, Poles as pigs, and Americans as dogs)....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Maus by Art Spiegelman

- An estimated six million Jewish people were killed during the Holocaust, and many were thought to have survived due to chance. Vladek in Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel, Maus, is one of the few Jewish people to survive the Holocaust. Though Vladek’s luck was an essential factor, his resourcefulness and quick-thinking were the key to his survival. Vladek’s ability to save for the times ahead, to find employment, and to negotiate, all resulted in the Vladek’s remarkable survival of the Holocaust. Therefore, people who survived the Holocaust were primarily the resourceful ones, not the ones who were chosen at random....   [tags: Holocaust graphic novel analysis]

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The Comic Format of Spiegelman's Books Maus I and Maus II

- The books Maus I and Maus II, written by Art Spiegelman over a thirteen-year period from 1978-1991, are books that on the surface are written about the Holocaust. The books specifically relate to the author’s father’s experiences pre and post-war as well as his experiences in Auschwitz. The book also explores the author’s very complex relationship between himself and his father, and how the Holocaust further complicates this relationship. On a deeper level the book also dances around the idea of victims, perpetrators, and bystanders....   [tags: Holocaust, comic book, graphic novel]

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Comparison between Maus & Anne Frank

- What if you were a holocaust survivor and asked to describe your catastrophic experience. What part of the event would you begin with, the struggle, the death of innocent Jews, or the cruel witnessed. When survivors are questioned about their experience they shiver from head to toe, recalling what they have been through. Therefore, they use substitutes such as books and diaries to expose these catastrophic events internationally. Books such as Maus, A survivor’s tale by Art Spiegelman, and Anne Frank by Ann Kramer....   [tags: Literature, Holocaust]

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The Perception of Self in The Last of the Just and Maus I and Maus II

- The Shoah altered and blurred the definition of who were considered people. Andre Schwarz-Bart’s The Last of the Just, and Art Spiegelman’s Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began, focuses on the different types of degrading animal and insect images of the Jews during the Shoah. By drawing upon both Edmund Russell’s article and Howard Stein’s article, one can come to understand the consequences that arise from the portrayal of the Jews as either animals or insects within the two novels....   [tags: schwarz-bart, spiegelman]

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Art Spiegelman's Maus

- “A remarkable work, awesome in its conception and execution… at one and the same time a novel, a documentary, a memoir, and a comic book. Brilliant, just brilliant.” -Jules Feiffer (1) This is a commentary by Jules Feiffer about “Maus”, which is a survivor’s tale created by Art Spiegelman. As you can see from the commentary, this is a wonderful story, not only its the writing but also the art. The author made the story interesting that attracts many readers by changing many things from the first 3 –page version of Maus....   [tags: book and literary analysis]

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Suffering in the Novels: Farewell to Manzanar and in Maus

- In the novel Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston and the novel Maus by Art Spiegelman the theme of suffering has a damaging effect on the human spirit. Suffering in both these stories come in different forms such as emotional, physical, and mental. No matter the form, it is still suffering. Food depravation is a method that people use to affect the human spirit in a negative way. In the story Maus by Art Spiegelman, food is used to make the prisoners weak. For example, at the concentration camp Art’s dad is talking to his fellow prisoner Mandelbaum “I spilled most of my soup too....   [tags: Comparative, Novels]

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Analysis of The Complete Maus, by Art Spiegelman

- When reading a traditional book, it is up to the reader to imagine the faces and landscapes that are described within. A well written story will describe the images clearly so that you can easily picture the details. In Art Spiegelman’s The Complete Maus, the use of the animals in place of the humans offers a rather comical view in its simplistic relation to the subject and at the same time develops a cryptic mood within the story. His drawings of living conditions in Auschwitz; expressions on the faces of people enduring torture, starvation, and despair; his experience with the mental institution and his mother’s suicide; and occasional snapshots of certain individuals, create a new dynamic...   [tags: Graphic Novel, Holocaust, Auschwitz]

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Maus : A Survivor 's Tale By Art Spiegelman

- Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman is a graphic novel consisting of two narratives, one telling the story of Nazi persecution of Jews during the Holocaust and the other telling how Spiegelman’s father, Vladek lived in New York in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Specifically, it is an account told by Spiegelman’s father, Vladek, who was a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Poland, as a narrator about his experience during the war to Art, who is ‘interviewing’ him. Maus belongs to what is known as second-generation Holocaust literature, which tells stories of how the children and descendants of survivors were impacted by the tragedy....   [tags: Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, Adolf Hitler, Jews]

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Maus Two by Art Spiegelman

- Maus Two by Art Spiegelman Art Spiegelman's Maus II is a book that tells more than the story of one family's struggle to live thought the Holocaust. It gives us a look into the psyche of a survivor's child and how the Holocaust affected him and many other generations of people who were never there at all. Maus II gives the reader a peek into the psyche of Art Spiegelman and the affects of having two parents that survived the Holocaust had on him. Spiegelman demonstrates the affects of being a survivor's child in many ways throughout the book....   [tags: Papers]

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- Maus is one of the most famous of recent graphic novels. Winner of the prestigious Pulitzer prize for literature, it's the harrowing true story of a Jewish holocaust survivor, retold to his son decades later. The story has two main threads. The first is the true story of Holocaust survivor Vladek Spiegelman's experiences as a young Jewish man during the horrors leading up to and including his confinement in Auschwitz. The second intertwining story is about Vladek as an old man, recounting his history to his son Art, the author of the book, and the complicated relationship between the two of them....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Understanding the Holocaust through Art Spiegelman's Maus

- The experience of being in the Holocaust is hard to imagine. The physical pain and fear that a survivor of the Holocaust felt could never fully be understood by anyone other than a fellow survivor. The children of survivors may not feel the physical pain and agony as their parents did, but they do feel the psychological effects. For this reason Artie and his father could never connect. The Holocaust built a wall between them that was hard to climb. Artie makes an attempt to overcome the wall between him and his father by writing the comic Maus about his father’s life in hopes to grow closer to him and understand him better, yet he struggles in looking past his father’s picky habits and hypoc...   [tags: Jewish Studies]

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Analysis of Art Spiegelman´s Novel: Maus

- “The world. The world is not interested in us. Today everything is possible, even the crematoria…” - Elie Wiesel The graphic novel “Maus” is one Holocaust survivor’s tale, Vladek Spiegelman. Vladek lived through the Holocaust and along the way lost most if not all of his family. Art arrived at his fathers’ home to capture the story. Within the novel you bare witness to this very awkward father son relationship, you see how one managed to escape death when it is the only option, and the lasting impact a traumatic experience such as the Holocaust can have on future relationships....   [tags: Holocaust, Son, Relationships]

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Analysis of Art Spiegelman’s Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: And Here My Troubles Begin

- The past and present are two completely different moments, separated by a constantly growing space of time. Though they’re quite different from each other and separated in many ways, there are still apparent connections between the two. In Art Spiegelman’s graphic novels Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: And Here My Troubles Begin, Spiegelman integrates the concept of past versus present, most apparent in his relationship with his father. As Artie’s relationship with Vladek improves as Vladek recites his history, the present time and the past begin to blend into each other....   [tags: Present, Holocaust, Relationship]

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Nobody Can Understand: A Short Essay on Art Spiegelman’s Maus

- In a world where obsessive power, manipulation, hatred, and the desire to obliterate a single population reign, no one survives untarnished. The Holocaust was a horrific event led by Adolf Hitler that resulted in the persecution, torment, and suffering of millions of Jewish people all over Europe. Vladek Spiegelman survived the ruthless torture from the largest concentration camp during World War II in Auschwitz. His son, Art Spiegelman, tells two stories at once in his book Maus: one of his father’s experiences during the Holocaust and another of his present adversities with his father....   [tags: holocaust, adversities, father, experience]

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The Aftermath of the Holocaust in Art Spiegelman’s Maus Volumes I and II

- By means of comic illustration and parody, Art Spiegelman wrote a graphic novel about the lives of his parents, Vladek and Anja, before and during the Holocaust. Spiegelman’s Maus Volumes I and II delves into the emotional struggle he faced as a result of his father’s failure to recover from the trauma he suffered during the Holocaust. In the novel, Vladek’s inability to cope with the horrors he faced while imprisoned, along with his wife’s tragic death, causes him to become emotionally detached from his son, Art....   [tags: comic illustration, parody, graphic novel]

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Portrayal of the Holocaust in Maus Written by Spiegelman and Life is Beautiful Directed by Roberto Benigni

- ... He was dating a Lucia Greenberg, who was young and hot, but very needy. In December of 1935, he takes a regular family visit up to Sosnowiec. During the visit, his cousin introduces him to the rich and delicate Anja Zylberberg, who will be Art’s future mother. She and Vladek develop a long-distance relationship. Lucia sees a picture of her in Vladek’s apartment, and promptly breaks up with him. Anja and Vladek get married in February 1937. Amidst the rise of Nazi power they attempt to get themselves smuggled out of the country....   [tags: vladek and guido, concentration camp]

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Storytelling and tradition a comparison of Maus and The Woman Warrior

- The stories Maus and The Woman Warrior that we read this semester seem very different from each other, but I think that they both contain similarities and can be contrasted readily. The Woman Warrior by Maxing Hong Kingston like Maus by Art Spiegelman deals with storytelling and tradition derived from racial issues. These books are not merely based on race though. Culture, identity, language, heritage, history, and discrimination are all components in the compositions of Maus and The Woman Warrior....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing Dehumanization in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Maus

- Dehumanization in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Maus Through out history we learn of the mistreatment of many different types of people. Several different groups of people have been prosecuted and singled out for many different types of reasons. In recent history, the African Americans and the Jews have been the focus of discrimination. Slavery and the Holocaust were made to make these groups of people feel inferior to those who were in control of them. During these two periods, the people involved were treated like worthless, insignificant human beings....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Loss of Power and the Loss of Purpose

- When people go through difficult situations, no matter how powerful they once were, it often leaves them feeling weak. This weakness has the potential to lead to the questioning of ones’ existence. Finding meaning in one’s existence, although temporarily helpful, unfortunately does not fill the void that occurs when the persons’ power is taken away from them. In both “Maus” and “I See You”, the idea of losing and regaining power through signification is shown through the characters of Vladek and Smith....   [tags: Maus, See You, graphic novels]

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Reading Comic Books

- When students learn how to read in elementary school, teachers would teach students how to read comic books and as students we see that the comics would give the animals multiple human traits. Many comic books substitute animals and give them human-like characteristics, such as the ability to talk and walk upright. However, the debate rages on as to what type of animal makes a good character and what type of animal makes a bad character. Comic writers would often use different types of animals that are naturally seen in the real world and they would determine what type of role they would have in the comic book....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Maus, Holocaust]

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The Holocaust : A Terrible And Tragic Time For Jewish People

- ... His English skills were put to use when his Kapo took him into his house to learn English. In return, Vladek was given plenty of food that was far beyond acceptable and fitting clothes, things that other Jews did not have access to (“Volume II,” 32). Vladek also tried his best at manual labor. He often volunteered in tasks that he is not particularly skilled at, but he successfully masked his lack of experience. One example is his shoemaking. He barely had any experience in the field. However, his quick learning allowed him to complete simple repair jobs, and later once improving the skill, more complex ones (“Volume II,” 60)....   [tags: Maus, Art Spiegelman, Nazi Germany, RAW]

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The Art of Reciprocity in The Gift by Marcel Maus

- The Art of Reciprocity The holidays, that begin promptly after Thanksgiving Day is over, are a time for gift-giving and displaying affection for others through material objects. For my family, Christmas gifts are a way to communicate thoughtfulness and overall love for one another. My identical twin sister, Samantha, shares this sentiment and spent an extended period of time looking for a present that would perfectly convey her sisterly love for me, and the fact that she actually purchased items that I would use and like exemplified her intentions....   [tags: motivation, return, economics]

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Identity in Hurtson’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Kingston’s Woman Warrior, and Spiegelman’s Maus

- Identity in Hurtson’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Kingston’s Woman Warrior, and Spiegelman’s Maus Despite being a very diverse literature genre in terms of influence and inspiration, North American literature encompasses many works that share some very common thematic elements. Though there are several themes shared, one in particular can be found in most any work – the importance of identity. Particularly in some selected pieces yet to be named, identity is a very important element, not only because it is a necessity for a main character in any work of literature, but because these works express ideas about identity as being very individualistic – as opposed to being a mere result of cu...   [tags: Their Eyes Were Watching God Essays]

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The Power Of The Animal Imagery

- The Power of the Animal Imagery in Maus   Art Spiegelman, an American cartoonist, takes advantages of postmodern principles in his best known graphic novel Maus. He successfully used the related characteristics between animals and humans to demonstrate a cruel and bloody historical event, the Holocaust to the readers. Art Spiegelman, as the second generation of the survivors, had only experienced the Holocaust from the point view of a listener but not really participate in the event, therefore, demonstrate the Holocaust in an authentic way in Maus will be difficult things to him....   [tags: Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, Jews, Adolf Hitler]

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Music, Dialogue, and Mise-en-scène in the Dance of Death

- Music, Dialogue, and Mise-en-scène in the Dance of Death In all cinematic works the mise-en-scène is one of the most influential aspects of the film’s meaning. Mise-en-scène is important because it shows how the cinematic space is organized and where the camera is in respect to the characters and the surrounding environment. Although the mise-en-scène is imperative by itself, the effect of the music and dialogue that accompany the scene in a film adds to its meaning. These facts are supported by the “Dance of Death” scene of the narrative Bamboozled by Spike Lee....   [tags: Movie Analysis, Film Analysis, Cinematography]

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The Effect of the Holocaust on the Children of the Survivors

- In the years after the Holocaust the survivors from the concentration camps tried to cope with the horrors of the camps and what they went through and their children tried to understand not only what happened to their parents. In the story of Maus, these horrors are written down by the son of a Holocaust survivor, Vladek. Maus is not only a story of the horrors of the concentration camps, but of a son, Artie, working through his issues with his father, Vladek. These issues are shown from beginning to end and in many instances show the complexity of the father-son relationship that was affected from the Holocaust....   [tags: Jewish genocide aftermath]

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Analysis of Comics and Other Works of Literature

- Day One (2/14): When I hear or see the word “comics” many words come to mind such as, news papers, books, children, Sundays, superhero and partners in crime. Before learning about comics, I would define “comics” as a narration of a story with pictures and captions in a certain order, that are often printed in a book or newspaper. Day Two (2/17) After reading Understanding Comics and a class discussion, I changed my initial definition of “comics” to “a sequence of images and pictures intended to get a certain response from the reader”....   [tags: Illustrations, Christianity, Mice]

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My Father is a Living Holocaust Memoir

- ... He belittles everyone around him including his second wife Mala making them feel unloved. "Mainly I remember arguing with him...and being told that I couldn't do anything as well as he could," Art tells his therapist (during the course of losing his mother). "No matter what I accomplish, it doesn't seem like much compared to surviving Auschwitz" (MAUS 2 44). It's obviously showed that with Vladek actions towards people we can understand why they feel so low. Vladek throughout the story, he stresses the importance of his heart (comparing himself of how heroic and very strong he use to be)....   [tags: auschwitz , memories, prisoners]

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Examining the Validity of Holocaust Sources

- There are multiple sources with divergent advantages and strategies, which allow humanity to have a clearer understanding of the holocaust; when compared, the resources’ limitations become apparent. The graphic novel Maus appears less valid compared to the diary, Night with its heinous detailed experience of life in a concentration camp. Conversely, Maus exhibits a strong expression of themes throughout the novel; comparably, this is a restriction in the textbook, Europe in the Contemporary world....   [tags: Literature Review]

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Why are comics less educational than literary novels?

- Why are comics less educational than literary novels. Differing from long narrative of simply text, comics have visual representation existing through the creative, yet simple messages. Through the visuals, comics expose the ethnic representations of shared collective perceptions, memories, and emotions. Maus I is a true account of the author’s father as a Holocaust survivor, Vladek Spiegelman, and his experiences as a young Jew in Aushwitz. Maus II is about Vladek Spiegelman recounting his own history to his son, Art, of his past relationships, friends, and tragic events he experienced and witnessed....   [tags: Education, Comics, Visual Representations]

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Race and Class: The Cause of Genocide

- Racism is a very touchy topic but it has existed throughout human history. Racism may be defined as the hatred of one person by another, or the belief that another person is less than human because of their skin color, language, customs, and place of birth or any factor that reveals the basic nature of that person. Racism has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and most of all GENOCIDE. Maus 1 and 2 is a memoir by Art Spiegelman about his father’s survival from the holocaust....   [tags: germany, holocaust, jews]

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The Rise of Anti-semitic Views Under the Nazis

- ... Guido on the other hand had to steal Dora away from an Italian government official. Vladek was a Polish jew who had heard about the rise of the nazis in neighboring Germany. Guido however lived in Italy; a Nazi ally. Since Guido lived in Italy he had been exposed to the nazi idea that the Aryan race is the superior race and that all other races are inferior or sub-human. Both the stories show how jewish store/factory owners lost their businesses due to the nazis. While Vladek lost a large factory to the nazis and Guido only lost a small book shop the idea that the nazis hated anything the jews did was clearly shown....   [tags: jews, survival, holocaust]

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The Art Of Survival

- For most people, survival is just a matter of putting food on the table, making sure that the house payment is in on time, and remembering to put on that big winter coat. Prisoners in the holocaust did not have to worry about such things. Their food, cloths, and shelter were all provided for them. Unfortunately, there was never enough food, never sufficient shelter, and the cloths were never good enough. The methods of survival portrayed in the novels Maus by Art Spieglmen and Night by Elie Wiesel are distinctly different, but undeniably similar....   [tags: Holocaust History Report]

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A Different Kind of Holocaust

- Art Spiegelman's Maus is a renowned comic book that won a Pulitzer Prize. The book was published in two parts, Volume I: "My Father Bleeds History," in 1986, and Volume II: "And Here My Troubles Began," in 1991. It was later integrated into one single volume. The book told Spiegelman's desire to write about his father's experiences during the Holocaust, as well as the experiences themselves. There had been numbers of Holocaust books over the decades, but Maus is different among all. After reading numerous Holocaust books, they become repetitive, because most people are aware of the tragic event....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Spiegelman]

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On the Natural: Human Tendency for the Eradication of Dirt

- Staub, as referenced in Ordinary Men, proposes that “ordinary psychological processes and normal, common human motivations and certain basic tendencies in human thought and feeling are the primary sources of the human capacity for mass destruction of human life” (167). This idea is indeed exemplified by the actions of the Nazi party towards Jews during the Holocaust. Though this statement raises controversy, in that most people dislike the notion that they, too, possess the capacity for such atrocious actions against other human beings, Staub’s claim is given merit by several authors in their own works regarding the events of the Holocaust and the nature and actions of human beings; specific...   [tags: Psychology]

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- Living the Holocaust by the Survivors World War II ended in Europe on May 7, 1945, but to many survivors of the Holocaust, the war would remain with them for the rest of their lives. Not only had it brutally stripped them of their families, but also of their own humanity. As the survivors came to realizations that their families would not return to them and the initial hardships of returning to a normative life wore off, the memories of the concentration camps and the shock of brutal separation from family came flooding back into their minds....   [tags: Germany Jews War Papers]

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The Structural Strain Theory Of The Holocaust

- This paper will consist of the explanation of the “Structural Strain Theory” of the Holocaust. The structural strain theory examines the social and culture structure. The Holocaust had a couple different cultures and social outlooks based on their ethnicity, or location they were from. The Holocaust had the separation of Jews, Polish, and the Nazis. With this separation it held different conditions and lifestyles for each particular group and the way they can properly function to do their own culture or social practices....   [tags: Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Germany, The Holocaust]

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Renaissance Drama and Staging

- Renaissance Drama and Staging Margaret Jane Kidnie states “an area significantly impacted by William Shakespeare, Renaissance Theater developed into an influential period of drama deviating upon various elements of perception in each performance” (456-473). Many scholars wrote responses about renaissance drama and staging. There was a diversity of focus portrayed throughout each presentation, therefore resulting in differentiation between performances. Jealousy, gender, and spectatorship were some of the many topics that were represented in theater throughout the Renaissance Era, influenced greatly by William Shakespeare....   [tags: Free Essays Online]

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Spike Lee’s Views about African American Identity in Bamboozled

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Letter From Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King Jr.

- In my second semester of seminar, we discussed several texts that dealt with the different types of injustice that our society was facing in the past. Specifically, we discussed Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr., which depicts the oppression that African American individuals were being faced with in the South. King Jr. depicts the feelings of going through oppression as being: “completely drained of self-respect and a sense of "somebodyness" that they have adjusted to segregation…” In this same semester, I was taking my Senior Capstone class for my major in Justice, Community and Leadership and we happened to be reading Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire....   [tags: Sociology, Oppression, Martin Luther King, Jr.]

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Analysis of A Surviror´s Tale by Art Spiegelman

- The book A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman is a very successful narrative about Vladek’s experience during the Holocaust. It tells the story of a Jewish holocaust survivor and his son who is a cartoonist transforming his father’s tale into a comic book. The son, Art, finds this event horrifying but also interesting so he feels others should read about it from the mouth of an actual survivor. The story jumps back and forth from present day to the days of the war. Art visits his father continuously to record parts of his story but he does not have a well-developed relationship with his father so these visits get tense....   [tags: holocaust, event, relationship]

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Advancing the Individual's Knowledge of the Holocaust

- By comparing, analyzing and questioning the validity of Maus I and II, Night, Night and Fog, nonfictional historical accounts and a poem, called Already Embraced by the Arm of Heavenly Solace, found in Europe in the Contemporary World, Schindler’s List and the Return to Auschwitz we may determine to what degree these sources serve to advance humanity’s understanding of the holocaust. The holocaust can be explained as the historical event in which the Nazi’s, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, and its collaborators murdered and persecuted approximately six million Jews....   [tags: Holocaust ]

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Out of Kansas

- Out of Kansas I find it on the high bookshelf—Maus: A Survivor’s Tale. I’ve heard about it. It’s about the Holocaust. Mice play the Jews, and cats play the German Nazis. I understand it already. Cats are predators to mice. That’s easy enough. I start reading. The Polish people are pigs. Wait a minute, I don’t get it. Why are they pigs. I’m getting confused. I want to give up. Instead, I pick it up and start again. We begin as moody troubleshooters: we see a puzzle piece that doesn’t fit—we either chop off a corner or throw the thing away....   [tags: Personal Narrative Papers]

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Fascades of Current Society

- Throughout history women, men, and children have all felt the pressures and manipulations by the media through some façade style form or shape. A Façade by definition is a false, superficial, or artificial appearance or effect, which is primarily imposed or placed on an object, group, or even individual. Through the use of words, deliberate images, and material items advertised within society, as a result have become pressures felt by all types of individuals. Many of these pressures forced upon individuals, prevalent in society today, has in turn created a false sense of ideals and an artificial basis of reality....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Spiegelman's Novels

- Spiegelman's Novels As a result of not having experienced the horrors of the Holocaust like their ancestors did, second generation Jews often sense they must demonstrate their respect and appreciation towards their elders. Indebted to the previous generation, these Jews search for ways in which to honor those martyrs who lost their lives half a century ago. The ways in which this generation pays homage are quite diverse. Many have developed their own shrines to the memories of their ancestors....   [tags: Papers]

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How Do We Remember the Holocaust? The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne

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Use of Graphic Novels in Teaching Coming of Age

- Teaching a unit based around the theme of coming of age is important in an adolescent classroom. It has been taught in high school language arts time and time again. Coming of age works makes up a large part of the literary canon including works like The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, A Separate Peace, etc. Additionally, this theme is important because the teenage students in the classroom are essentially going through their own coming of age. They are currently making the difficult transition out of childhood into adulthood....   [tags: coming of age theme]

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William Shakespeare 's ' The Forest Of Arden '

- As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s comedies, follows a strong female lead as she adventures through the Forest of Arden. Rosalind, the play’s heroine, has been falsely charged with treason by her uncle, Duke Frederick. She decides to seek shelter from the court in the forest, where her previously exiled father, Duke Senior, has fled. Rosalind is intelligent and strong, and decides to disguise herself as a man by the name of Ganymede to ensure her safety. Celia, Rosalind’s good friend and the daughter of Duke Frederick, decides to join Rosalind and disguise herself as a shepherdess named Aliena....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Man]

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