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Vladek There have been many stories published about the Holocaust, but Art Spiegelman has created Maus I and II, novels that symbolically tell the story of a Holocaust survivor and his son. As well as events that took place during the Holocaust. Such traumatic events can cause drastic effects on any normal human being, especially when that person is one of few that survived said catastrophe. In Maus I and II, it is clearly evident that the events of the Holocaust affect Vladek’s behavior and ability...

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Analysis of Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman Maus, by Art Spiegelman, shows the trials and tribulations that the main character, Vladek, and his companions suffered during the Holocaust. No matter the situation, Vladek rises up to the challenge, and does the only thing he can do: live. For the Jewish people during that time surviving was a challenge and for those that actually survived was pure luck. Throughout Maus we find this survival in the portrayal of Vladek Spiegelman; father of the author...

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Castro Maus Topics for Discussion: Comics Technique In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud argues that a face drawn with great detail can represent only one specific person, but that a face drawn with few details—a smiley face, for instance— could be almost anyone.  Source: Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics (DC Comics, 1999): 31. Describe the faces in Maus. Are they iconic (could be anyone) or particular (could only be Vladek)? The faces in described in Maus are intensely descriptive...

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Art Spiegelman’s Maus: My Father Bleeds History has a lot of historical significance such as his first hand account of the effects of the Holocaust, how it shows religion and race, and its difference with popular culture. The way that Spiegelman shows how the Holocaust has had and is still having effects today is amazing. Instead of showing just the direct effects, he takes into consideration the lingering effects and does a great job with it. It is easy to see how this tragic event has had...

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In the novel Maus, by Art Spiegelman, it ends without resolving all the tensions it had set up over the course of the entire novel. Art sits with his father, who has just finished telling Art about his reunion with Anja after they both survived Auschwitz. Art stops his tape recorder, and Vladek turns to bed, addressing Art by his dead brother’s name, Richieu. Does this “accident” mean that Art will never live up to Richieu, never equal Richieu in his father’s affections? Or does it mean that...

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such literary cliches as heroism, hope, or the triumph of love over hate in “Maus” and “Maus II.” According to Lagner, effective holocaust literature is “an experience in unlearning” (5), as both the writer and the reader must come to terms with “abandoning all safe props” in order to come closer to comprehending the holocaust experience. Therefore, because all cliches and conventions are abandoned in “Maus” and “Maus II,” readers are forced to confront the reality of the holocaust without the...

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depict the plight of Jews in Hitler’s Germany (p. 33)? Why, on page 125, is the road that Vladek and Anja travel on their way back to Sosnowiec also shaped like a swastika? What other symbolic devices does the author use in this book? Throughout Maus many symbolic devices are used, most notably, the inclusion of animal characters instead of human ones. Spiegelman places swastikas throughout the work to possibly convey the presence of the Nazis--they were inescapable for Jews in Europe. PRISONER...

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Maus Research

Spiegelman's Maus II is a graphic novel and I believe Spiegelman chose this format because it is the only way to discuss the Holocaust while simultaneously conveying the impossibility of doing such a task. The Holocaust was such a horrific event that there is no way of truly representing it. Spiegelman realized that everything is a representation. He also realized that representing every aspect of the Holocaust was something that simply cannot be done. It is impossible to capture something free...

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Maus Essay

Maus Paper Art Spiegelman’s Maus, is a unique way of looking at history. Through the use of comics, Spiegelman allows the reader to draw their own conclusions within the parameters of the panes of the comic. Unlike reading a textbook in which the author describes every detail about the subject matter, comics allow for the reader to draw their own conclusions from the information given to them. Also by reading a serious comic such as Maus, we are able to break away from Maus has an interesting...

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Transferal of Guilt in Maus

The books Maus I and Maus II are biographical comic books written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman. In these books Spiegelman tells his father’s story of survival through the horrors of the Holocaust. Spiegelman simultaneously presents an inner story of the conflict between him and his father, Vladek Spiegelman as both he and his father try to come to terms with the past, and work to have a normal life. This feelings of tension and conflict suffered by Vladek and Art in Maus I and II is caused by...

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