Analysis Of The Book ' Maus ' Essay

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Humanity is “all human beings collectively: the human race” (dictionary.com). When a massive event happens like genocides or a terrorist attack the people who are involved are affected physically and mentally. This is what occurred in 1941-1945 during the Holocaust; it was a time of horror for many Jews. “About a third of all Jewish people alive at the time were murdered in the Holocaust” (http://www.factslides.com/s-Holocaust). Maus is a story about a survivor named Vladek, he survived Auschwitz, which has affected him until the day of his death. In Art Spiegelman 's Maus series, humanity is shown through situations of love and support and hatred and desperation. Maus explains how humanity is exposed by circumstances of survivor 's guilt, the past and present, and survival. Firstly, survivor 's guilt explains how people feel guilty of situations despite them not being involved or being present at the event. Secondly, the past and present indicate how the past affects humans in the future. Finally, survival demonstrates how humans need skills as well as motivations to be capable of surviving.

The dictionary defines the word guilt as a "feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, or wrong, [...] whether real or imagined." (....). This occurred in the Maus series; the characters felt survivor 's guilt which was difficult to cope. First, Art felt guilty because he talks to Vladek about his experiences in the Holocaust but he does not know what people went…

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