The Jews Are A Race, But They Are Not Human Essay

1125 Words May 29th, 2016 5 Pages
“‘The Jews are undoubtably a race, but they are not human.’ Adolf Hitler.” (Spiegelman 10) In grade 10 Canadian History, one of the topics students cover is the Holocaust. In the 2015-2016 grade 10 challenge class at L.C.V.I. students studied both MAUS and Night. Both MAUS and Night show the stories of Holocaust survivors, however, the protagonist in MAUS becomes a Nazi prisoner earlier during World War Two than the protagonist in Night. Both of these books can be used to teach students about the Holocaust, however, they are different books in a variety of ways. Night, by Elie Wiesel is a more effective book for a teaching Grade 10 class about the Holocaust than MAUS by Art Spiegelman because of the uses of timelines, details, and emotional connections. Night uses one timeline, making it easier to understand and clearer. MAUS, on the other hand, switches timelines between past and the present making it harder to understand. MAUS uses pictures to show detail, however, Night uses descriptive language to show a greater degree of detail that MAUS fails to capture. Finally, Night uses the greater detail created by descriptive language to show the horrors of the Holocaust, creating more emotional scenes. These emotional scenes allow the reader to form emotional connections to the characters, whereas, MAUS does not allow the reader to form these connections. MAUS, follows two distinct timelines; it follows the story of a younger Vladek’s Holocaust survival and the story of an…

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