“I’d rather kill myself than live through all that… but in some ways he didn’t survive.” Maus: A Survivors Tale, chronicles the life of Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew and survivor of the holocaust. This graphic novel by Art Spiegelman, Vladek’s son, was written over several years and contains a non-linear story line that connects to the tale of the fathers past. Throughout the book Art is interviewing his father about his memories of life in Poland before World War II and the gradual progression to him becoming a prisoner of Auschwitz only to finally becoming a freed prisoner of war. By presenting this as a graphic novel the author is able to allow the reader to connect to the characters faster and to allow factual evidence from a survivors point of view. While the main focus of the story is of the survival of Vladek and Anja, Art’s mother, there are many different underlying themes that the reader can pick up on. One theme is the constant comparison of Art and Richieu, Vladek and Anja’s first son who did not survive the war. “My ghost brother…the photo never threw tantrums or got in any kind of trouble…it was an ideal kid, and I was a pain in the ass. I couldn’t compete… the photo was a kind of reproach, he’d have become a doctor, and married a wealthy Jewish girl…it was spooky having a sibling rivalry with a snapshot” (Spiegelman part II pg 15). Time and again Art shows his aging father blame him for his own mistakes, and when Art is not there to blame his new wife Mala, and fellow holocaust survivor, is there sharing in his misfortune. Art shows a lot of resentment and contempt towards his father throughout the book; I believe that this comes from the vastly different lives that they have experienced.