And The Trouble Begins

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.

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3 thoughts on “And The Trouble Begins

  1. I agree with you that The Complete Maus helped me understand what survivors had to go through. I’ve read other books on the holocaust, but because Maus used pictures it helped show exactly what they went through. I find it hard to look at real pictures of the holocaust; however, it’s much easier to look at pictures of simply drawn mice. There are some very graphic images in Maus, but they are almost down played because they don’t show humans.
    Maus also helped me see how much luck was involved in someone’s survival. There were a few times were Vladek’s gut keep him alive. He knew never to trust the Germens and that he should save food so he could use it to trade for things. There were times when a group ahead of him would be killed. I have a better understanding of the holocaust after reading Maus.

  2. I do agree with your opinion. The book did depict the affect of World War II. It provides how people were struggling and trouble people went through the wars. I did learn more about the days in War II and Holocaust survivors. It made thought about how hard it would be to live in normal live after the war.
    I also like the way the characters are represented as an animals, such as Jews are mouse, Germans are cats and Poles are pigs. That made it easier to understand the book, it show the theme and the characteristic between the racism. I have learned about the Holocaust before and I do know about history, although this book did illustrate the Holocaust stories and important affects of wars much better than the history book.

  3. I agree with your point of view and the other commentators. The one thing this book did do was help us learn more about what went on during the holocaust, that we did not know about, and was more from a survivors view than anything. It begins to make you think about life and what’s important and that if those people could go through something as horrible as the holocaust than all of our “problems” aren’t exactly real problems. We have all read countless number of things and watched things on the holocaust but the perspective in the book is unique. I think you did a great job of tying it in to something in real world, like the Vietnam war and being in prison.

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