The Maus : A Survivors Tale Essay

1211 Words Nov 18th, 2016 5 Pages
More Than Just Genetics Passed Down in Art Speigelman’s Maus: A Survivors Tale Traumatic experiences weave into the everyday lives of a person. Like destiny, these experiences shape and alter an individual greatly. These circumstances shape how people act in society and how they interact with others in their everyday lives. In Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivors Tale, Art and his father Vladek both experience traumatic events that change them forever. Some of these events affect one more than the other. However, the text brings out the idea of inherited trauma and how that leads into the passing down of primary witnessing of traumatic events to secondary witnessing of such events. The Holocaust was a terrible event in history that desensitised many people, you can see this in the first book where Vladek says “Friends? Your Friends?... If you lock them together in a room with no food for a week… Then you could see what it is, friends!” (Spiegelman, Maus I 6). This helps show the emotionless attitude Vladek has when faced with others pain, almost as if to say “suck it up, you don’t even know pain”. The quote not only helps show how Vladek feels, but also foreshadows the events that changed him into the person he is now and how that will affect Art as he grows up. In this essay I will discuss the traumas both characters endure and how even though they are similar they differ majorly. At the beginning of the first book, there is a panel where Vladek’s arm is shown with a series…

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