Persistence Of Memory Essay

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Persistence of memory is major factor seen in both graphic novels. Persistence for references to this paper will be defined using a personal definition and attempted contextual example. Memory is seen to be persistence in that it is always present, no matter if the owner of the memory wants to not recall it or revisit it. Meaning we has memory reliant human beings, simply cannot, without the exertion of much effort or without use of psychological techniques, intentionally discard a memory or set of memories based on solely preference. A good example of this persistence and it’s meaning for the (sake of this paper) is seen in particular in Waltz with Bashir, Folman cannot discard (one can infer he would discard the night terror memory, that …show more content…
I contest this theory strongly because as seen in the dialogue above, Vladek specifically told his son, do not write personal things or love life related topics, in his book containing his father’s memoir of his life in Poland and his life before, during and after World War II. Also, throughout the other two dialogue examples above on page 46 and 75 of Speigelman’s Maus, the reader can see that Art (Vladek’s son) has to probe and redirect his father of distracting topics (interestingly most of the probe and redirection was Vladek spewing information of his personal life instead.) Finally, the supporting point that ties all the examples together. Vladek, despite stating he would not be interested in providing personal details in his Son’s memoir, also, having to be redirected to war and Jewish prisoner stories/topics, additionally, he burned Anja’s personal journals to Vladek states, “after Anja died I had to make an order with everything” (Spiegelman 161),and Vladek’s frequent and persistent mentions of his former wife Anja that I documented above, this all included, I infer and conclude that Vladek could not discard his persistent memories of Anja. Despite his best attempts to discard his persistent memory of his deceased love Anja, he could not avoid thinking of her, he could not discard his memories of her even if in some instances they made him emotionally not well as seen throughout the text, and he couldn’t prevent himself from talking about her throughout Spiegelman’s

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