Analysis Of ' Maus By Art Spiegelman Essay

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Contrary to the common belief that comics can only be used to express fantasy and comedy, graphic narration can be profoundly useful in the comprehension of a tragic story. By using graphic narration, Maus by Art Spiegelman, presents a unique perspective on the known Holocaust story that secures the reader with a sincerity and truth through a framed narrative because the reader can actually see Art taking notes on his father’s experience and creating Maus firsthand; this decision aids to the function of visual images adding depth to the story through stylistic choices like color and abstraction as well as simplicity versus complexity in the art, resulting in deeper meaning that goes beyond the textual narrative itself. Spiegelman had trouble writing this book because of the tragic content; by choosing to tell the story through graphic narrative, the difficulty of putting thoughts into words was relieved and Spiegelman could express himself in a comprehensible manner. Dr. Marian Liebmann, author of Art Therapy for Groups: A Handbook of Themes and Exercises, writes that art is a form of self expression in which a picture can be more “precise [in the] description of feelings than words can and can be used to depict experiences which are ‘hard to put into words’,”(Liebmann 8) which supports the idea that tragedy is in need of graphic narrative when it may be hard to talk about or explain with text. Not only is Spiegelman able to express his father’s history in the Holocaust…

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