Comparison And Contrast Of Maus And When The Emperor Was Divine

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Kalniesha Joseph Professor Lothes Lit 237 December 17, 2015 Fall 2015 Comparison and Contrast of Maus and When the Emperor was Divine Art Spiegelman’s Maus, the book was evolved around second generation trauma in father and son relationship. The novel, When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka was about a five different narrative perspective with the family 's internment experience in the voices of the mother, daughter, son, and father. Each of the characters have their section for the book. The woman and her children recount, in sober detail, the daily events of their journey to and also their time in Topaz. Both Maus and When the Emperor was Divine have the role of tension that reappears in ethnicity, religion, and individual identity. Maus, role of tension reappears when Art tells the story of the Holocaust through the eyes of his father, Vladek. The relationship between the father and son is filled with tension. Art can not always clarify or ask questions to his father which would frustrate Art when he wants to learn something important about his parents survival story. From the text an example of the father and son relationship having tension with each other are when Vladek woke his son up early asking for his help to fix the roof by a phone call. Art refuses to help his father fix the drain on the roof, by telling the father to leave it alone. He later realizes when visiting his father again how strong the guilt has grown, when his father is upset. To

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