Driven to Their Death
“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Elie Wiesel once said. Nazis tormented the Jews all throughout the Holocaust just because they didn’t like their race. There have been multiple movies, books, and graphic novels about the holocaust showing all the traumatic deaths, and other horrifying events that took place. The graphic novel Maus written by Art Spiegelman shows the survival story of a man named Vladek, and written by his son Artie. Vladek was a true survivor, whether it was purely luck or not, but he also cared about other people who were there with him. In the movie Schindler’s List directed by Steven Spielberg this shows the story about the holocaust and how one man named Schindler saved many men, women, and families. In both stories, there are multiple motifs such as trains, lists, and death. Both stories show the same motifs in very similar ways.
One way the motifs are the same is that the trains represent their journey to their own death. In Maus, there are multiple pictures of trains throughout the novel. Trains were used for transportation and ultimately to send Jews to concentration camps. One of the most important trains was the one that the Spiegelman's were on when they thought they were going to Hungary, but they ended up being at Auschwitz. Spiegelman drew the Jewish children playing with trains, which foreshadow what happens later. Vladek and Ilzecki were talking about the safety of the children at the same time there were trains taking Jews away (Spiegelman). In Schindler’s List, the trains took them to the death camps also. Schindler made Goeth spray the cars with water to keep them hydrated because he didn’t believe in taking the Jews to their death, but that was giving the Jews false hope because they were still going to end up dead. The cycle of trains never stops in either of the stories because shipments of thousands of Jews are delivered to their death at Auschwitz (Spielberg).
Another similarity between Maus and Schindler's List was the amount of Jews forced into the cities. One motif that’s similar in both stories is lists. In...