We read a couple weeks ago we read an article by Gunther Kress that explained how literacy is changing in the modern age. Maus is a great example of that. Spiegelman could have opted to the traditional way of sharing stories and just write it in a novel. Instead he decided to do a comic book out of it. He was able to share his story and let the reader have a visual to show exactly what he wanted us to understand. He was able to accomplish the same thing that many other people have, he just did through a different medium.
I believe that whats makes his story so vivid and real is the fact that the way he shared his story is really unique. Many other people have written memoirs, and novels over what happened in the holocaust. Spiegelman’s story could have easily been just one more added to that list, but his comic book makes it stand out from the rest. I’ve never been much for comic books, in fact this is the first comic book that I read completely. I know that a couple years from now I am still going to remember Maus because of the unique experience I had reading it.
Maus proves that graphic narratives are gaining more popularity and respect. When I first bought Maus i thought I had purchased the wrong book. I didn’t think I would be reading comic books in College. That was my first reaction when I saw that it was a comic book. Now that I have read it I understand that graphic narratives are also effective and could become more popular if more people realized how effective they can be. I agree with Kress when he says that literacy is being transformed. I believe it’s being transformed for the better.