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  • Maus

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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

  • The Swastika in MAUS

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    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

  • Betrayal in "Maus"

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    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! (Maus, VI. 5-6). Throughout the novel, we see examples of this gloomy point proven

  • Maus Themes

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    impressions. Compartmentalize into themes. Point blank, Maus seems yet another cynical satire of history. Presumably, naysayers more than patrons, would condemn the gut of Spiegelman for toying with the idea as delicate as that of the Nazism tragedy. While prodding the misfortunes of another, much less this blow to mankind is taboo, the mind knows no bounds. Spiegelman devised an avenue by which the clandestines of war may be retold. Themes. While Maus is a blatant depiction of oppression, racial discrimination

  • Art Spiegelman's Maus

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    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. To analyse this story, first of all, we need to understand about the writing of this story. Spiegelman

  • Night and Maus

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    Both the book, Night, by Elie Wiesel and the graphic novels, Maus I, II, by Art Spiegelman depict the Holocaust. In Night, the scenes of the Holocaust are depicted through words and in Maus I, II they are depicted through illustration. They both display the powerful message of the Holocaust, but in two different forms. In each book, the media that is used helps define the story that is being told. Both medias are strong because they are able to tell the story of the Holocaust, but sometimes the

  • Maus and the Holocaust

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     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. In the beginning of Maus the reader is thrown into a scenario of the Author, Art's, many visits to his father's. Art and his father, Vladek starte a conversation about Vladek's past, but Vladek is very reluctant to discuss his past with anyone Vladek seems to be a very

  • Maus and Traplines

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    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

  • The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

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    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

  • Polarization and Unification in Complete Maus

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    Polarization and Unification of Identity in The Complete Maus Trauma and recovery both have cycles in which an individual must pass through to heal. For those having lived through the Holocaust, these stages were well defined and could be addressed. However, when addressed, they only address the individual, not the group nor those affected in a secondary way. This creates a dichotomy between those experiencing an internal conflict, survivor or otherwise, and those who had experienced the physical