Compare and Contrast Essay By: Ayne Hassan
Jews suffered countless amounts of atrocities throughout the history of time. Both stories have themes in which man is evil to man, the will of the main character to survive and overcome evil is present, and the ability of some people to still be compassionate to each other during these times of evil. The book Maus, and the movie “The Pianist,” share many thematic similarities.
In Maus the main character is young son named Artie. His father Vladek survived the concentration camp and he also shows compassion towards his father on his unbelievable will to survive. The Pianist” is a little different. In it the main character has to endure harsh treatment at the Warsaw Ghetto and after he is released, he goes into hiding in hope that he will survive the Holocaust and the war. One of the main thematic similarities between Maus and “The Pianist” is that man can be so evil to other people. Both pieces take place during the Holocaust, where Nazis set out to kill all Jews in Europe, which was known as the Final Solution. Most people found it unbelievable that man can do something so evil to man. An example in the movie of man being evil is when the Nazi's were doing door to door checks in the ghetto and they found a paralyzed man and through him off a 5 foot story building, the saddest part was that they were doing it for fun.
It’s evident that there is evil present in this example the one party of the men who were the police were vindictive and cruel to the other party who was vulnerable and incapable of taking care of his self. Another example of man being evil happening in the book Maus is when they hanged three men who were helping fellow Jew's stay in hiding, and they were displayed as some sort of warning for anyone else who was helping the Jew's. That right there is evil done at its finest they put this fear in the citizens so they...
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