Analysis Of `` Maus `` By Art Spiegelman

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Walter Anderson once said, “Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.” (Anderson, 2015). The graphic novel, Maus, by Art Spiegelman conveys a message similar to that of Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited. If a man has hope and perseverance he can realize and truly appreciate a second chance.
The protagonist in each novel is a man who has faced great diversity, Charlie in Babylon Revisited does so by his own accord while Vladek, in Maus, hid from the Nazi’s in Poland during World War II. Charlie made a lot of money in the American Stock Market, moved to Paris, and lived a lavish lifestyle with his wife. They spent money like it was in endless supply. By the time the Stock Market had crashed he lost his marriage and his daughter when they went to live with his sister-in-law. Vladek and his wife were in Poland when the Nazi’s invaded and desperately went from place to place looking for a safe hiding spot. They found out who their friends were and who were not which lead to some desperate times. In both cases the environment around these men, in Babylon Revisited it was the Stock Market Crash and in Maus it was the Nazi’s, put them in desperate situations.
The protagonist in each novel is a man who has faced great diversity, Charlie in Babylon Revisited does

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