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Analysis Of Art Spiegelman´S Novel: Maus

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“The world. The world is not interested in us. Today everything is possible, even the crematoria…” - Elie Wiesel
The graphic novel “Maus” is one Holocaust survivor’s tale, Vladek Spiegelman. Vladek lived through the Holocaust and along the way lost most if not all of his family. Art arrived at his fathers’ home to capture the story. Within the novel you bare witness to this very awkward father son relationship, you see how one managed to escape death when it is the only option, and the lasting impact a traumatic experience such as the Holocaust can have on future relationships.
Entering into the Holocaust Vladek and Anja had a son, Richieu, who was ultimately taken from and murdered. After the Holocaust they managed to conceive another child, Artie. The second generation children were miracles for those who had survived and was a sign that they had won. But in Vladeks’ eyes Artie was the son he had lost. Artie started his journey with the hopes of bonding with his father. Surviving such an experience made Vladek as well as his mother want to instill his heritage in Artie and made them overprotective of him. Doing so may have pushed Artie away. In the beginning of the story we see that Vladek thinks less of Artie because he “wastes” his time with drawing instead of something bringing in money. The problem with Vladek is that he does not understand that he and Artie are from different times and places. Artie is living in a new age and hadn’t experienced the same troubles he has. The trouble with Artie is that he does not understand what his father went through and the affects it had on him. So they end up constantly arguing. The struggles with this relationship is shown when Vladek faked a heart attack in order to get Artie to his side. When a father has to pretend to be ill to get his child there it is a sign of an unhealthy relationship. With such an unhealthy relationship Artie turns to his therapist to help him understand why there are so much tension. In the story there is a scene in which Artie visits his therapist and it may seem as though he had found a father figure in him. Because he has also survived the Holocaust. As the second part of the book was being written it is noticed that Arties figure had shrunk in size. That may have to do with the guilt he held inside. The guilt that he has not been a good son, Arts guilt over the death of his mother’s suicide, and is overall guilt toward “Maus” being produced. In the beginning of the book Artie basically lays on the table the background of their relationship. They live far away from one another, visits are very irregular, and when they speak to each other it is not exactly friendly and it seems as though they could began fighting at any moment. For instance, when Vladek asked Art not to smoke in his home, or when they conversed about Anja’s diary. The conversation became heated within seconds. But Art’s guilty feelings showed in one particular example, when Vladek...

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