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.