Essay on Two Narrators Are Not Always Better Than One

736 Words Nov 30th, 2013 3 Pages
Often times when reading novels based off of true events, the reader is inclined to interpret what the narrator says to be true. In Art Spiegelman’s Maus, neither Artie nor Vladek could be considered reliable narrators due to Artie being the author of the book thus being able to edit his book however he saw fit, and Vladek is unreliable because his recollection of the Holocaust has a large bias since he only encountered one side of the Holocaust and his memories could be skewed by his age. Artie is not a reliable narrator because he is both the author and narrator and because he has allowed his relationship to his father to bias his perspective. Art Spiegelman chose to show his relationship with his father in the book. “Simultaneously it …show more content…
Even his arguments with his father in the novel were edited by Art, so as harsh as they might have seemed in the novel, it’s possible that they weren’t like that at all. “Horror and depravity of the Jewish Holocaust as well as examine Spiegelman’s tenuous relationship with his father” (Fazioli “Spiegelman…”). However realistic the conversations between Artie and his father might seem, it’s important to remember that they were all edited and written by Art Spiegelman, not an impartial bystander. Vladek is unreliable because his memory is clouded by time and perspective. He only remembers what he wants to remember. Half of Maus is narrated by Vladek, and his part of the novel is the only “real” look into the past the reader is given. From the beginning, Vladek talked about how loving he was towards Anja, but no one can ever be sure if he exaggerated his sweetness or if he was really like that. Looking at how he treats Mala, one might venture to say that he was the same to Anja and that was why she committed suicide. “Vladek takes us from a time of romance in prewar Poland through his service in the Polish Army and then gradually into a nightmare world of constant hiding” (Grossman “Maus…”). Due to Vladek’s age, one must wonder if all he accounts is accurate of if he is filling in blanks with what he wants to believe happened. “The mouse, Vladek

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