Compare And Contrast Night And Maus

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The Holocaust was an event of terror and despair. Many people lost their lives and family during this time. It was a very difficult time for many individuals and caused a lot of conflict between others even if they weren 't Jewish or German. “Night” by Elie Wiesel and “Maus” by Art Spiegelman are two very similar texts. Both of the texts are based around survivors experiences during the Holocaust, and how they overcame the situations at hand. The authors of the novel’s had either witnessed first hand of how the Holocaust felt physically and emotionally or heard very detailed stories about it. The event was a very terrible to everyone in the world, countries that were not involved even felt the pain of those being discriminated or murdered. …show more content…
Jews were targeted with aggressive actions and given no mercy if they had done something foul. They were treated poorly without restraint during the Holocaust and some groups are still against them for what they believe in. Vladek and his family had to hide from the Nazi 's as long as they could to ensure they did not get beat and thrown on trains to be sent away. In Elie’s case, the Nazi’s invaded his town and sent everyone into Ghettos. Nearly after, they were later shipped off in cattle cars to concentration camps. Elie’s mother repeated “ We cannot give up, we cannot give up.” (Wiesel, 20) This statement shows how difficult it was the cope with the treatment the Jews were getting, families were stressing before they got near the transports. The mental stress would have been immense when witnessing others being beat, tortured or even just sent of to death. Night and Maus are very similar when it comes to treatment because they both put forward very similar examples of how they are thrown around like trash. All Jews were treated the same no matter where they were from in and around Germany, they were discriminated for being themselves with nothing to fight back …show more content…
Both main characters go through many hardships in the process and find a way to overcome the task at hand. Living conditions were one of the biggest problems during that time, many people passed away due to problems with their sleeping arrangements or barracks. Elie had a tougher time than Vladek did in this area, Vladek had the opportunity to live with others with more food then Elie would have had. Jews were discriminated during the entire Second World War for one reason, Hitler did not like them for who they were and what religion they followed. Therefore, they were treated very poorly and were given zero freedom. Both Jewish characters in Maus and Night were treated very similarly, the comparison in this department is very much the same. Elie and Vladek had experienced different routes on the way to Auschwitz, but in the end they both ended up in the same place. In conclusion, the novels, Night and Maus are very similar. They can only be told apart by who wrote them and how their journey started. The Holocaust is a time to remember for grief and sorrow, others would say for it not to be

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