In all the book Maus gives us an understanding of World War II and the Holocaust through the individual eyes of Vladek Spiegelman. His son Artie takes all his information from his stories to write and publish a book about his hardships during the time. A major topic in this comic is the use of animals instead of human beings as the characters in the story. I believe Art uses this to some what dehumanize the horrible holocaust stories so that it does not offend some readers that might take offense to the graphics presented. He uses mice to represent the Jews and in correlation he portrays the Germans as cats. I believe he does this to show the relationship between the two during Word War II and the Holocaust. The Nazis literally oppressed, treated and did off with the Jews like vermin. One example can be seen in the book by Vladek’s describing of the gas chambers. He described it by saying, ” The biggest pile of bodies lay right next to the door where they tried to get out”. The fact that Artie’s novel is a comic and it show pictures related to the scene depicted above and also more gruesome acts, it was in his best interest to use animals instead of actual human to ease the feelings of the readers. He uses animals also to represent more ethnicites. I dont believe the animals he chose for the others were signifigant and that they were just fillers for the story. The book however uses human images on certain situations either to show real life photos or potray the authors feelings to difficult situations, which is some ways ironic.