Analysis Of Maus By Art Spiegelman

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The devastating era of the Holocaust will always be remembered from the scars it left behind. The series Maus, written by Art Spiegelman, puts the Holocaust in a different perspective for readers. Vladek Spiegelman, a survivor of the Holocaust told the journey of his survival to his son, Art Spiegelman. Initially, I assumed this graphic novel would be about the racism, torture, and injustice the Jewish faced during the Holocaust by the Germans, but the book was more than that. Reading these books I was drawn by the complexity of Spiegelman’s writing and symbolism. From Anja’s sad story to Vladek’s dramatic personality change from experiences of the Holocaust, these books touched my heart. When reading I felt a series of emotions from…show more content…
It shared the story of how his family was treated and their story as well. From the story about Anja’s suicide to the harsh concentration camps, this book evoked many emotions contributing to the overall atmosphere of sadness in these graphic novels. In school, I had learned about the Holocaust and how morally wrong it was. But, I had never learned about the aftermath. According to The Mental Health on NBC News, studies say that two in three survivors suffer from sleeping disorders and emotional distress and, “A majority of Israel's Holocaust survivors suffer from depression, sleeping disorders or other emotional distress, according to a survey released Tuesday by a leading advocacy group” (“Most Holocaust Survivors Battle Depression”). In Maus we are shown the scars it left on a survivor, Vladek. Throughout the novels Vladek’s personality has changed dramatically form his experiences in the Holocaust. Before the concentration camps Vladek seemed to be loving, caring, wealthy, happy, and had a good relationship with his wife and others. However, his personality was dominated by his Holocaust experiences as he now has an overall negative light after the war. He becomes stubborn, miserly, hardheaded, and has bad relationships with his wife, Mala, and his son, Art. From the effects of the Holocaust Vladek exhibited resourcefulness, a hard work ethic, always organizing everything,

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