Sometimes Apperance is Everything!

My favorite thing about the images in Maus are Speilgalman’s decision to make each group a different animal. I found this very helpful because it would be hard to tell the Jews from the Natzi’s unless every Jew had a Star of David on their shirt and each Natzi had a swastika. Now instead of having to look closely at every character to decide what group they belonged to, you could just take one quick glance and know. I also liked the fact that he made the Jews wear pig masks when pretending to be Polish. At first I was a little confused because I couldn’t understand how the Natzis failed to realize that they were wearing masks. Apparently I had become a little to used to the whole animal senario and was starting to believe that each group looked completely different from each other. If the characters had been drawn as people, the reader probably would miss the fact that Jews were pretending to be Polish while in the city. And there if he had not drawn the masks, the readers would be confused about why nobody notices the random Jewish man in the middle of the street.

I also liked that the characters were drawing because it made the whole story less creepy to me. I found the comic strip of Artie’s mother to be very disturbing, not just due to the story line but also how he drew each person. With all the dark colors and solem faces it was hard not to feel depressed while reading the comic. Although the Holocaust is a very depressing matter, the fact that Speilgalman used less black and cute little animals in his book made the book easier to read in one sitting instead of having to take constant breaks to take your mind off the depressing matter. Instead of having to look at dead men, women and children, the reader would look at dead mice.

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2 thoughts on “Sometimes Apperance is Everything!

  1. I completely agree with you! I loved the fact that Spiegalman used different animals for different races.I thought it was pretty witty that the Jews were mice, which to me seem like poor, helpless little creatures, and then the Germans were cats, who obviously eat mice, and then the Americans were dogs who naturally bully cats. I got a kick out of it. And his comic strip about his mother was extremely creepy! I am very glad such a serious part of history was able to be translated to a younger, unaffected generation like us.

  2. There have been many people have shared their Holocaust story in different ways but none have been able to do it like Spiegalman. The fact that he uses a comic book, that he uses animals to represent different ethnicities, and that he includes his writing experience lets the reader have a completely different point of view of the Holocaust.

    I agree that the way he portrays the different characters makes it easier for the reader to understand what’s going on. Every animal he uses symbolizes something for that particular ethnic group. People would think that since it’s a comic book there won’t be much meaning behind the story line, but like every great novel, there’s a lot of meaning between the lines. The pictures in this comic are just as important as the written words. After all, it is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

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