Survivors Point of View

In maus one the author does an excellent job of describing things from his fathers point of view especially in chapter one. The author makes it very obvious that there were some things that hsi father was very sensitive about so much that he did not want anything written or published about. One perfect example of this is when the father talks about his love/personal life and the complications that came about as a result. The author states that putting all of that into a book or a comic humanizes a story and makes it have more of a dramatic effect but yet the father still wanted nothing to do with any of that. I personally disagree with the fathers point of view on this subject. I have had a lot of trouble with reading over the years especially with some of the classics namely the hobbit as an example. If nothing happens in the first five pages I have trouble reading it. History books and other books I like including Maus now do an excellent job of both humanizing stories in a way that it scucks you in and then keeps your attention.

“Maus”: cover of “The Complete Maus”

I think that with this philosophy the author is trying to make a crucial point. He is basically arguing that people cannot understand the full impact of something, especially with things like holocausts and genocides. When many people study these areas in history all they want to know is the political and military side and what happened to all of the victims afterwords. But as the author is trying to poin out you need all three element of the story from beginning, to middle, to end in order to understand and appreciate the full impact of something.


One thought on “Survivors Point of View

  1. I agree with your opinion on the comparison of “The Complete Maus” and other novels about the Holocaust. Stories about the Holocaust are interesting but when they’re expressed in long novels I can’t seem to stay focused on reading it. Reading is not one of my favorite things to do, but in “The Complete Maus” there aren’t many words. Spiegelman’s use of comic strips and drawings seemed to catch my attention more. I love that he is putting historical facts together with illustrations. “The Complete Maus” is one of the first books to actually make sense to me, be interesting and actually be educational. The fact that he uses Vladek’s story as sort of a biography but more to humanize the Holocaust stories makes the book even more interesting. Instead of just giving sad facts or horror stories, he uses a different approach, allowing readers to have a better understanding.

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