Maus Essay

1124 Words May 15th, 2009 5 Pages
Maus Paper Art Spiegelman’s Maus, is a unique way of looking at history. Through the use of comics, Spiegelman allows the reader to draw their own conclusions within the parameters of the panes of the comic. Unlike reading a textbook in which the author describes every detail about the subject matter, comics allow for the reader to draw their own conclusions from the information given to them. Also by reading a serious comic such as Maus, we are able to break away from Maus has an interesting way in approaching a historical account such as the relationship with his father and the Holocaust. One of the most interesting aspects of Maus is the way in which Spiegelman uses animals to distinguish the various races within the comic …show more content…
The images are disturbing even if they are just drawings. The fact still remains, the devastation that Vladek and others had to of seen while being held, would make anyone look at the world that they live in differently. If you haven’t experienced something, there is no way that you can judge someone like Vladek the way Spiegelman did. Seeing how Spiegelman wasn’t even part of the Holocaust there is no reason for him to act the way he does with his father. He should be happy that his father is even willing to reopen the scars that he long forgot. It’s a shame that Spiegelman puts Vladek in negative light. As stated above, Maus is a great way of telling history because, unlike in textbooks, we are getting our information straight from the source. Maus successfully formulated a method in which to explore one of history’s most devastating extermination of innocent people. The way in which Spiegelman carefully selects which races goes with what animal, the portrayal of how ruthless and determined the Germans were at killing the Jews and just having it in comic book form allows for accurate yet biased opinion on the Holocaust. The only problem with Spiegelman comic book is that by using animals instead of humans, he is making the assumption that everyone within their race was exactly

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