Essay on The Book ' Maus : A Survivors Tale

1109 Words Feb 18th, 2016 null Page
Comic have been one of the newest forms of literature, with the first comic strips being introduced nearly 120 years ago. One cartoonist who has been instrumental to comics gaining notoriety in recent years is Art Spiegelman, who drew and wrote Maus: A Survivors Tale. This series of comics gives a detailed account of Art’s Father, Vladek Spiegelman and his survival of the Holocaust. While the world is no stranger to Holocaust literature, Maus brought the genre to comics in a manner which takes advantage of the format of comics. While comics have been criticized as a medium for immature stories, many specific aspects of the comic help make this story a more serious story than it would have been, were it made into a regular book. From the use of anthropomorphic animals, visual symbolism, and clever use of elements from comics; Maus creates one of the most complex accounts of such a terrible tragedy, crafting a Deontological narrative that causes the readers to question the morality of the character’s actions. Deontology focuses on the ethics of specific actions, rather the results of the actions. It forces readers into questioning the morality of an action, ignoring the results; a concept quite familiar with Holocaust literature. One of the most jarring difference Maus has from other stories about the Holocaust is Spiegelman’s use of anthropomorphic animals, animals which act and behave like humans. When Spiegelman was writing Maus in the late 1970s, there was a growing…

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