My Take On Art Spiegelman

Idea 1: Vladek’s Values

Idea 2: Irony Bleeds

Idea 3: Vladek’s Transition

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My Take On Tracing Maus

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Despite it being a graphic narrative, I think Maus by Art Spiegelman is one of the more compelling Holocaust books written in history. Not only does it involve a beginning-to-end story of a first-hand Holocaust survivor, he includes his reactions towards his father’s story, and we, as the reader, see how Spiegelman copes with dealing with his father’s past experiences and upbringing. I think including his ways of coping with his father’s story and his own upbringing makes for a much better story because, as the reader, we are able to see more than one viewpoint on the Holocaust. We are able to see how the Holocaust affected people who lived through it, and how the Holocaust still had a dramatic affect on the people who weren’t apart of it. I think that was his biggest reasoning for writing Maus this way; he wanted to make it known to the world how detrimental the Holocaust as a whole was, so that it nothing like it ever occurs again. What Spiegelman does differently than the other Holocaust novelists, is he incorporates animals to portray the characters. Each animal is chosen to represent each country for a specific reason, and when given thought, these reasons are intriguing. I think his purpose for making each nationality a different animal is to show a few stereotypes, but also to show the hierarchy within the book and the hierarchy during the Holocaust itself. Spiegelman’s ability to include countless literary devices and tools, yet maintain the legitimacy of his father’s story is astonishing. His usage of irony in several parts of both books is both obvious and subtle. Spiegelman also intertwines Book 1 with Book 2 better than I had expected, which allows for a better flow of the story when looking at the differences between the way Vladek appreciated his luxuries. This is a necessity when splitting up one story into multiple books, and when searching for connections between the beginning of the story and the end.