Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' Maus '

902 Words Nov 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Another unique aspect of Maus is how the author portrays himself in the book, he draws himself as a mouse so you can automatically assume that he identifies himself as a Jew. Spiegelman is an impatient man with a hectic life. He wants to pass on his father’s story, but feels guilty about it. “Somehow my arguments with my father have lost a little of their urgency…, and Auschwitz seems too scary to think about…so I just LIE there.” Spiegelman was so blinded by gathering information for his book that he did not care what his father would say to him or even of his concerns or problems. After his father’s death, he could not even think about what his father endured through Auschwitz and at times finds it incredibly hard to continue with his book. He would listen to his father for hours and even tape record it to get as much information as he can. He asked for his mother’s diary several times, which had recorded her experience through the Holocaust. He was devastated to learn that his father had burned it because his father could not bear the idea of such information existing. The third person view that Spiegelman presents shows how much his father struggled to remember all the facts and his pain in talking about it. The real-time moments between him and his father are the real eye-opening ones. Spiegelman’s own struggle to identify his place in the story can be related to how other individuals connect with bigger groups and cultures. Each human seeks out their own place in…

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