Analysis Of Maus: A Survivor's Tale

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The Holocaust is one of the most gruesome events of the twentieth century. Concentration camps killed millions of Jews, under the direction of Adolph Hitler. Art Spiegelman’s poignant novel- Maus: A Survivor’s Tale- reflects the story of his parents, told by his father, surviving the Holocaust. Spiegelman tells his fathers story not only through his fathers diction, but also with heartrending pictures. Spiegelman catches the reader with literary elements of symbolism, and metaphor use as well as his art throughout the novel.
With the help of his father, Vladek Spiegelman, Art Spiegelman gets an insight into the lives of his father and his mother as they struggled to survive during World War II, how they survived in the Auschwitz concentration
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Art listened to his father’s stories about his experience in the Holocaust. He started by writing down everything that his father said then he started using a tape recorder to record the conversations with his father, “A new tape recorder… writing things down is just too hard” (1.4.75). Art explains that he never thought his father would see the work that he has done, and the comics he has drawn to tell Vladek’s story, “ “It appeared in an obscure underground comic book. I never thought Vladek would see it” (1.5. 101). Art’s comics are a way for him to gain independence from his father, seeing his father has no idea that he is making a comic novel about his experience in the holocaust. The cartoon figures in the novel is similar to the cartoon Mickey Mouse. …(ADD SOMETHING ELSE) “Yes. I don’t read ever such comics, and even I am interested[…] Someday, you’ll be famous, like… what’s his name?” “Huh? ‘Famous like what’s—his-name?!”’ “You know… the big- shot cartoonist…” “What cartoonist could you know?... Walt Disney??” “Yah! Walt Disney!” (1.5. 135). (THIS IS IRONIC BC THE BOOK IS CALLED MAUS ABOUT JEWS WHO ARE SYMBOLIZED AS MICE, AND IT IS A CARTOON AND MICKEY MOUSE IS BROUGHT

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