Essay on `` Maus `` By Art Spiegelman

764 Words Jul 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Writers often tell two stories when writing one. It’s natural habit. Often there is an ulterior motive when writers use such a technique but, sometimes, there is not. This “two-story telling,” without any ulterior motive takes place in “Maus” by Art Spiegelman where Vladek, Art’s father, recounts the story of the ghastly holocaust and how this relationship effects both of them. Even though Spiegelman doesn’t outright say that the story is also about his relationship with his father, it is clearly presented in the graphic novel. By using both the stories in his novel, Spiegelman provides an insight about his father and how the holocaust shaped him.

Both stories are intertwined, that is, neither could have been told without the other. Jumping right into the book, we see Art, the protagonist, returning home after having his skate broken. His father, rather than consoling him, compares his friends to the holocaust as he says, “then you could see what it is, friends!” (Spiegelman 6). Looking at the panel itself, it is clearly bigger than others. Spiegelman also uses special letters for words such as “then” and “friends” to put more emphasis on them. Moreover, both the characters are in the background (farthest from the readers) while the caption is in the foreground (nearest to the readers). Placing the captions so close to the reader, Spiegelman advocates that surviving the holocaust was more important for his father, than his (his son’s) relationship with his…

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