The book The Complete Maus really helped me better understand the life of a family and how the war effected not only them during that time but how it shaped the rest of their lives and the effect it had on the next generation. The book really gave me great insight on how the war really affected Artie even though he was never a part of it, and really everyone who was involved in Vladek’s life. Artie made great comparisons of why his father was the way he was by being able to go back and forth from present time to how things were back during the Holocaust and give examples of why his father was a “Miser”, a survivor, or a hoarder of sorts. His use of animals seemed to lessen just how really unimaginable it must have been going through something like that but it also made it easier to differentiate between the different characters in the book.
The book also shows the struggles of the people in Vladek’s life to be able to get along with him and to build a good, healthy relationship with him and in particular his son Artie. It shows the guilt that Artie has as well about how he may not have been the son his father wanted him to be or that he, no matter how hard he tries, just cannot fully understand what his father went through. In a way it kind of can be related to how people from the Vietnam War or people who have been in prison their whole life and then get out and put in society. It is hard for them to function “normally” because of what they went through and not having anyone around that can fully understand what they have been through.