Art Presumptuous Of Me Art Spiegelman

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As World War I came to an end, there would be a rise in a fascist totalitarian regime that emphasized the need for a strong central government led by a single ruler. “Leaders who embraced fascism, such as Mussolini and Hitler, claimed that they were striving to build a new community on a national – not an international – level. Extreme nationalists, and often racists, Fascists glorified war and the military.” The development of such political philosophy influenced the ideas and beliefs of Adolf Hitler – a German Nazi dictator and National Socialist Party (NAZI) leader and founder. Ultimately, there would be an emphasis on war, nationalism, and even racism, that entailed the purification of the body of the nation. Nazi Germany would look to …show more content…
Art centralizes the book on the relationship between him and his father, Vladek, and the volumes of guilt faced. Throughout his story, Art feels guilt, remorse, and stress about writing his book on his father’s survival of the Holocaust. For example, “Just thinking about my book...it’s so presumptuous of me.... I know this is insane, but somehow wish I had been in Auschwitz with my parents so I could really know what they lived through! I guess it’s some kind of guilt about having an easier life than they did.” He felt an incredible amount of guilt for not being able to see what his parents suffered in Auschwitz during the Holocaust and could not imagine it or fully represent the experiences of the Holocaust that his parents faced. The fact that Art lived after the Holocaust ended and into a more comfortable and easier life hurt him. Furthermore, Vladek felt a similar sense of guilt for surviving the Holocaust as Art felt about the difficulty and inability to fully transmit the experiences of the Holocaust. Art’s visit with his psychiatrist, Pavel, displays a prominent example of the guilt Art felt towards his family and history. His psychiatrist tells Art, “Maybe your father needed to show that he was always right – that he could always SURVIVE – because he felt GUILTY about surviving. And he took his guilt on YOU, …show more content…
Ever since there was a rise in anti-Semitism, a man named Theodor Herzl’s dreamt of a Zionist movement where Jews would gain their own separate nation, which soon became a reality in what became Israel. Survivors of the Holocaust would flee into Israel, which triggered anger amongst the Palestinians because they “viewed Jewish independence as a betrayal of their own interests, and they attacked the Jewish state as soon as it was proclaimed.” This would spark a range of conflicts between the Israelites and Palestinians where Israelites continued to gain more territory of Palestine. Since the end of World War II, there were numerous battles between Israelis and Palestinians that stretched to the modern day era where Hamas won the 2006 election in Gaza. Hamas looked to return Palestinian territory conquered by Israel to the people and emitted violence to achieve his goal. Israel has the upper hand with the army compared to that of Palestine, which caused hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to disperse and flee Gaza. Also, due to the advantage in military, hundreds and thousands of Palestinians died from air strikes and other military forces. The people of Gaza faced brutal conditions with no food, water, or shelter as a major refugee problem arose. The Middle Eastern conflict between the two sides connects to Spiegelman’s Maus with similar

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