Maus : A Survivor 's Tale

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Maus I and Maus II - The Will to Survive “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale”, and “Maus: And Here My Troubles Began”, are hit graphic novels about World War II, and tell the fictional stories of a soldier who survived the Holocaust. These two books are both purely about survival, but not in the way that you may think. Maus I and Maus II are both essentially telling us that survival may mean that you live through something horrific, but you may be a different person by the end of it. The first book, “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” begins with Artie, Vladek’s son, interviewing him about his time in the army during World war II. he intends to use Vladek’s story in a book he is writing. When Vladek starts telling his story he says to Artie, “I was, at that time, young, and a really nice, handsome boy.” (Spiegelman 15) So, in the beginning of the story Vladek admits that he is different now than he was before. He stated that before the war, and before he joined the army, he was actually a nice guy. But the war changed him so much that he is now more hostile and grumpy, which is showed by the amount of arguments that he has with Artie. Vladek then tells Artie about one of the battles that he fought during the war. he had just gotten taken into the army. His platoon were in trenches on one side of the river, and the German army was on the other side. Vladek said “Why should I kill anyone?” and then dug himself deeper into his trench. (Spiegelman 50) But then Vladek saw a tree. The tree moved.

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