A Telling Tail

Maus is an interesting read, this is the first time I have seen or read a book in comic strip form with such depth to it.  The main character is the father, Vladek, and his son, Artie, who have a very strenuous relationship.  Vladek is rather harsh with his son, as he blames him for many incidences that he actually caused to happen.  The book recaps the life of Vladek and the hardship that him and his family endured and eventually survived during World War II at the hands of the Nazi’s.  While the whole time Artie is taking notes so he can turn his father’s tale into a comic strip.

I believe the author, Art Spiegelman, is trying to tell the story of his father’s life and the horrific story that is World War II and the Holocaust.  The fact that he portrays the characters as animals I believe is to be able to tell the story, but to do so in a manner that would not bring an emotional reaction to people that read it.  With animal character instead of human ones, it desensitizes it in a way that allows for the story to be told and read.  The choice of characters in the book with the Nazi’s being the cats and the mice being the Jew’s is cleaver.  As cats hunt and kill mice, so did the Nazi’s hunt and kill the Jew’s.  It was an awful time, which I believe the author was trying to portray.  It was a fantastic read and cleverly written.  I will say I enjoyed it!

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I'm just your regular dude that digs on circuits. I have a bit of a 'knack for these things it seems. I enjoyed a 20+ year career as a residential and commercial carpenter, and is what I consider one of my greatest accomplishments that I am very proud of! In my late 30's I found myself unable to continue my carpentry career, so I decided to chase my other passion in life...code. Now, in my 40's, I have attended college earning multiple certificates, a Web Development & Visual Design degree, and expanding my knowledge of Software/Systems Engineering.

One thought on “A Telling Tail

  1. I think your blog post was awesome. I like how you started with explaining the book by giving just a brief summary and showed us the characters. I also like how you explained the background of it the holocaust and that it its more of a story about his father and his relationship. I also agree that it was an interesting way to approach such a sensitive subject, and putting it in comic strip form does help us read without being extremely emotional. Such as, when you explained, the animals were a great way to get the story across but show what the author thought of those particular people in the story because of what animals he chose for him.

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