Maus was one of the first comic books I have ever read, which is a good thing for me. Coming into this class, I assumed that comic books and graphic novels were basically just a bunch of superhero stories and maybe a few Scifi themed books (which isn’t a bad thing). The fact that Maus is a personal story about something very real made me extremely interested and it showed me that Spiderman isn’t all comics has to offer. It opened my eyes to all the other genres out there that I wasn’t previously aware of. For me, reading Maus was a very difficult thing to do. I openly condemn racism; it’s literally the one thing that can set me off within a nanosecond. Race/ethnicity is a touchy subject for most people, but the Holocaust seems like an issue many people avoid talking about. It isn’t easy to talk about the Holocaust without feeling emotionally drained about the thoughts of a mass torture and genocide of children, men, and women in unspeakable ways in order to please a madman. Today, many families, descendants, and survivors continue remembrance and the hope that such an event will never take place again. Many have written biographies and have been interviewed about their experiences, yet many were not prepared to have an entire graphic novel written.
Many people were upset by the idea of there being a comic about the Holocaust. Comics are seen as books that are for children, there can’t possibly be anything literary or
important said through a comic because Spiegelman used drawings of animals to portray certain people in such an important historical event. A majority of the critics that first read Maus saw it as disrespectful and fictitious. It couldn’t be a serious biography if the characters were drawn as animals, or even drawn at all for that matter. Spiegelman received harsh criticism for using pigs for Polish people, but it wasn’t as big a deal to use mice for the Jews. A quote from Spiegelman himself on the topic reveals his reasoning for...
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