Portrayal of the Holocaust in Maus Written by Spiegelman and Life is Beautiful Directed by Roberto Benigni

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Both Maus, written by Art Spiegelman, and Life is beautiful, directed by Roberto Benigni have two very different portrayals of the holocaust and their main characters both have different strengths that allow them and their families to keep afloat during the Holocaust. Vladek and Guido use their individual strengths to survive the prison camps and help their loved ones to survive as well. Both Vladek and Guido have families they need to keep track of while living in the harsh environment of the concentration camps. Guido’s ability to be comical and a quick thinker allows him and his son to stay alive. The resourcefulness of Vladek and his quick learning skill allow him and his wife to stay alive. Vladek and Guido are not alone in the …show more content…
Both Maus, written by Art Spiegelman, and Life is beautiful, directed by Roberto Benigni have two very different portrayals of the holocaust and their main characters both have different strengths that allow them and their families to keep afloat during the Holocaust. Vladek and Guido use their individual strengths to survive the prison camps and help their loved ones to survive as well. Both Vladek and Guido have families they need to keep track of while living in the harsh environment of the concentration camps. Guido’s ability to be comical and a quick thinker allows him and his son to stay alive. The resourcefulness of Vladek and his quick learning skill allow him and his wife to stay alive. Vladek and Guido are not alone in the prison camps, they have their wives and children trapped as well. In 1939, a Jewish-Italian by the name of Guido Orefice goes to Italy to open a bookstore. While there, he works as a waiter in a hotel restaurant which his uncle owns. Guido then meets a woman called Dora. Guido naturally falls in love with her, calling her “princess” and saying, “You can't imagine how much I feel like making love to you. But I'll never tell anyone, especially not you. They'd have to torture me to make me say it.” They eventually have a son, Giosue, and on his fifth birthday, they get captured and taken to a concentration camp. Vladek was living in Poland, trying to work his way up through the textile business. Vladek’s love life was not up to par. He was dating

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