Compare and Contrast Essay
Jews suffered countless amounts of atrocities throughout the history of time. Both stories have themes in which man is evil to man, the will of the main character to survive and overcome evil is present, and the ability of some people to still be compassionate to each other during these times of evil. The book Maus, and the movie “The Pianist,” share many thematic similarities.
In Maus the main character is young son named Artie. His father Vladek survived the concentration camp and he also shows compassion towards his father on his unbelievable will to survive. The Pianist” is a little different. In it the main …show more content…
The compassion being shown through this time of evil is so sincere. Compassion is the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others. It is regarded as a fundamental part of human love, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism —foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood. An example of some compassion being shown in the book Maus is when a woman would stand on a certain street with a basket of food and would give it to Jews secretly, that is how Vladek met her. Compassion was shown in this certain scene because she offered her assistance and opens her home to them knowing the consequences of her actions. Another example of compassion being shown in the movie The Pianist is when they were all being prepared to go into the train carts to head to the camps and one of the Jewish police officers pulls Waldyslaw behind him and tells him to run and never stop. When that scene happened I was lost for words the amount of kindness that officer showed proved that throughout that entire time period there was some people who were still compassionate to those lesser fortune. Another example that happened in the movie was when the Head officer for the Nazi crew found Waldyslaw in an empty home