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Art Spiegelman was brilliant in creating a comic that portrays a survivors tale of the Holocaust Although Vladeks story told in Art Speigelmans Maus is similar to many survivor stories of the Holocaust it is portrayed in such a different and intriguing way Ultimately the use of the comic book format helps to make this work a tremendous success both historically and culturally What makes Maus so interesting compared to traditional oral history or story book format is that in this pictorial format we can see far beyond the set forth details and facts and it allows us to dig deeper into the rhyme and reason between the lines we can almost place ourselves in the story As Newsweek quotes the very artificiality of its surface makes it possible to imagine the reality beneath Maus is in many ways focused on the character of Vladek and his recollection of his life leading up to the Holocaust during and after but focusing on Artie Vladeks sons character it is apparent that he is a more complex one At first glance one might be tempted to see Vladek as the main character After all the central narrative describes his experiences and he or at least his symbolic equivalent is our main contact with the horrible Holocaust experiences we witness However there are some problems here To begin Vladek is not a particularly complex or sympathetic figure either before during or after the war He survives largely as a matter of luck combined with a good native intelligence his experiences have left him crippled emotionally and he has learned nothing particularly meaningful as a result of his experiences Theres little sense that he understands or has even attempted to understand his experiences and its effects on him They havent left him with anything significant he can tell his son to help him adjust to the loss of his family The text at times seems to go out
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