The And Atrocious Acts Of The Holocaust Essay

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The Power of Literature Hideous and atrocious acts have been committed throughout time; however, none of them are more despicable than the Holocaust. It was during this time that roughly six million Jews were systematically murdered by the Nazis. It is a piece of history that is taught in millions of classrooms across the world. There are various ways of telling this chilling tale and for the most part, it is presented in a factual, history book-type lesson. This can be interesting and beneficial; however it leaves human emotion out of the story and with so many emotions involved refusing to convey them would only be telling part of the story. For this reason, it is important to present it in different formats. In Art Spielgelman’s novel Maus, by presenting the facts and emotions that the survivors of the Holocaust went through in graphic novel form, he allows his audience to experience a unique emotional perspective and is able to convey a deeper, dark tone that adds a new layer to the Holocaust. For example, in the book, the drawings of the concentration camp are done with heavy shading to highlight the deep darkness that lied within the walls of places like Auschwitz and Treblinka. This cannot be conveyed in text. This format does not detract from the true representation of the Holocaust. In fact, it helps to portray a more accurate one by showing how truly animalistic people behaved during it. That is why his choice of using animal imagery in Maus is such a complement…

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