The 's Maus : A Survivor 's Tale Essay

1565 Words Nov 29th, 2016 7 Pages
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 rid people of “alien races,” such as Jews, where Hitler envisioned a special fate for them – extermination. Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Vol. I and II present an artistic interpretation of the events surrounding the Holocaust and principles of fascism in Europe.
In Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Art Spiegelman utilizes artistic interpretations of the events surrounding the Holocaust through anthropomorphic caricatures of the various groups involved in the Holocaust. Cats represented Germans, pigs as the Polish, and the mice as Jews, which was an intelligent way of reflecting the numerous influences that created the Holocaust. For instance, one of the various influences included the stock market crash of 1873, where there would be a…

Related Documents