Art Spiegelman's Maus - Prisoner on the Hell Planet - A Case History

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Art Spiegleman's comic book within the comic book Maus is titled "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History." This text within a text describes, in horrific detail through pictures, Artie's failed effort to get through the painful loss of his mother due to suicide. This text also in a way, represents a part of Artie's mind where he expresses his feelings of loneliness, doubt, fear, anger, and blame through the form of a dark, gloomy, depressing cartoon.

In the first frame on page 100 nest to the title "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History," including this picture of Artie and his mother at Trojan Lake in 1958 (ten years before his mother killed herself). Adding this picture of Artie and his mother brings a
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In the past Artie may have felt that his mother was always trying to compare him to her first son Richieu, which may be the reason for Artie having to stay in a mental hospital for three months. In the present time, in spite of his mother's actions towards him, Artie tries to be away from home as often as possible. So, he stays over at his girlfriend's place a few days at a time.

The fourth frame of this short story depicts Artie running down the sidewalk, and his narration above reading: "I'd just spent the weekend with my girlfriend, Isabella. (My parents didn't like her.) I was late getting home." As I mentioned before, Artie probably stays at his girlfriend's house often because he does not want to be near his parents which explains why he was late. There is little if any connection between Artie and his parents, especially with his mother. He knows that he will never be his older brother Richieu and this disappoints his parents.

The fifth frame of this strip is one of the most important frames. In this frame, Artie expresses to the reader for the first time the guilt he has developed resulting from his mother's suicide. He states "I suppose that if I'd gotten home when expected, I would have found her body." Accentuating "I" by bolding it and making it stand out, demonstrates to the reader that he puts the blame on himself for his mother's suicide and feels guilty. The subsequent two frames reveal that

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