A Survivors Tale & Maus II : And Here My Troubles By Art Spiegelman

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“Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor” (Thomas Jefferson). In the graphic novels Maus I: A Survivors Tale & Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman, he uses animal imagery to portray the predator-prey relationship that the Nazi regime shared with the Jewish population. Based on the alienation of the Jewish “race” albeit “not human” and the superiority that the rest of the populations begin to feel, these depictions of races, countries, and ethnicities as animals is both appropriate and effective to illustrate the various groups during the Holocaust. This resembles the Nazi belief that certain populations have a conventional character and will retain their inborn predator or prey status by characterizing the Jewish as Mice and the Nazis as Cats.
Spiegelman’s use of animal imagery is effective because it leaves room to straightforwardly translate the significance of each animal’s contribution to the racial logic of the Nazi regime. In the graphic novel, Americans are portrayed as dogs, Jewish people are portrayed as mice, and Germans are portrayed as cats. These animals were picked by Spiegelman based off the traits each animal has that he found fitting to characterize each race. The Americans are dogs because dogs are morally correct, proud, and loyal. The Germans are cats because cats hunt, capture, torture, and then kill mice, which is
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