Maus Spiegleman

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The graphic novel, Maus by Art Spiegleman, vividly depicts the story of Vladek Spiegleman's experiences of the Holocaust. The hardships of the Holocaust continually influence Vladek, and resonate through future generations, ultimately affecting his son, Art. Maus contains two primary narratives one taking place in Poland during World War II(WWII), and the other taking place in New York during the late 1970s to the early 1980s. The relationship between these two narratives of the past and present seems to be the central idea in this graphic novel. The story illustrates the past experiences of Vladek during the holocaust and how it shapes the present. Due to the unusual style, it is at times very hard for Art Spiegleman to get the characters'…show more content…
On page sixty two the author uses the disfigurement of the map of the camp to make the book seem almost like a scrap book. The main purpose of the book is to illustrate how real the long-term effects of The Holocaust and how it has drastically change a normal families life. By making the book seem more like a scrap book he makes the memories of what his father was put through a permanent part of his family's history that, later on, his children and grandchildren will look back on. To continue with this technique, on page thirty four Spiegleman draws the picture of the mice(Jews) seeing the Nazi flag from their window to show the severity of the situation. By making this situation so much larger to the reader Spiegleman attempts to make the reader feel the fear that the Jews felt in that moment. This was the first time Vladek saw the Nazi symbol. Cells, such as this, serve as backdrops to show how widespread and inescapable the Holocaust was. By making situations such as those larger and more significant to the reader Spiegleman attempts to make the situations at hand seem much
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