The very title of the books is a powerful reworking of the convention: Maus rewrites the cultural norm and invents a new discursive space to address the questions of Jewish trauma, guilt, shame and, perhaps most importantly, the transmission of these conflicts from one generation to the next, especially in the case that they are not sufficently worked-through. encompasses many small narratives: not merely the story of Vladek (Artie's Father) and Anje (Artie's Mother, who committed suicide after surviving Auschwitz and coming to America), but of Artie himself in his struggle to understand his family origins and himself.
Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew in the book Maus written by Art Spiegelman, struggles through life during this European catastrophe, but does not portray a memory as affecting as Elie Wiesel’s....
In Art Spiegelman’s graphic novels Maus I: My Father Bleeds History and Maus II: And Here My Troubles Begin, Spiegelman integrates the concept of past versus present, most apparent in his relationship with his father.
Artie makes an attempt to overcome the wall between him and his father by writing the comic Maus about his father’s life in hopes to grow closer to him and understand him better, yet he struggles in looking past his father’s picky habits and hypoc...
Brilliant, just brilliant.” -Jules Feiffer (1) This is a commentary by Jules Feiffer about “Maus”, which is a survivor’s tale created by Art Spiegelman.
The Jewish Holocaust, as is the case with events in which the humanspirit has been engaged in a fight for survival, produced great works ofliterature. 's and 's are perhaps the best known examplesof this literary tradition. Art Spiegelman's , published inthe 1980s, represents a new kind of literary inspired and/orbased on the Holocaust. Written by a second generation Holocaust survivor,MAUS fuses the story of the terrible historical occurrence with aJewish American's struggle to forge his own understanding of the brutalextermination of his people by the Nazi regime in the Second World War.
Art Spiegelman’s dad, Vladek, explains to his son about the duress, and the excruciating pain he went through during the time of the concentration camps.
Art Spiegelman’s Maus
Write an essay in which you compare Art Spiegelman’s Maus to a comic book you are familiar with. How are elements including theme, plot, and conflict different or alike in the two works? How successful do you think Spiegelman is in conveying his message through the more unfamiliar format of the graphic novel?
In the graphic novel Maus, how does Art Spiegelman demonstrate “the depth and subtlety that we have come to expect of traditional novels and extended nonfictional texts”? Comment on Spiegelman’s success. Be sure to quote, cite, and reference from the text(s) using appropriate APA format. Your post must be at least 250 words.
It only dawned on me, as I opened my backpack and saw my tattered copy of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, that it would be immensely fitting that I blog on the text I have become so familiar with over the last couple of months. As a 7th grade reading and writing teacher, I have chosen to add this year to my curriculum this year.
Maus serves a vehicle for Spiegelman to unfold his father’s story of being a Polish POW who was later sent to Auschwitz with the rest of Spiegelman’s family. At the same time there is a second storyline, as Spiegelman tells in own story, pictured throughout the chapters interviewing his father. Spiegelman broaches the topic of the mental breakdown he suffered as a young adult, derived from the issues associated with growing up a child of Holocaust survivors. The same depression inherited from his mother, that causes her to take her own life.
Task: prepare a 4-5 page (double spaced) argument-based, thesis-driven research essay created in response to one of the below prompts on Art Spiegelman?s Maus. Your essay should also contain 2 secondary sources suitable for a scholarly essay. Both of these must be peer reviewed academic journal article (the type of material found on JSTOR).
(In your answer you may wish to consider some of the following: How are the past and present blurred graphically in the story?; Which of Vladek?s personality traits can be linked to his experiences in the Holocaust, and which cannot? ; How does the past reverberate through future generations?; How do Vladek?s experiences effect his parenting style and his relationship with his son?; ?Prisoner on the Hell Planet? and the ways in which the past is referred to in the present; How does Art ? both as a child and an adult ? interact with his parents? war experiences? If the past impacts the present so much in the Spiegelman family, why did Artie have to learn about his father?s story? Vladek?s memories of Anja; Vladek?s current marriage; Art?s memories of his mother; Art?s place and role in the Spiegelman family; Anja?s death)
(In your answer you may wish to consider some of the following: Art?s feelings of guilt over not being a ?good? son (father and son do not get along; Art does not want to help with chores); Art?s feelings of guilt regarding the death of his mother; Art?s feelings of guilt regarding the publication of Maus; the issue of survivor?s guilt and how this may affect both Vladek and Art; the way in which other characters deal with and discuss guilt; Art?s conversation with his therapist; ?Prisoner on the Hell Planet?)