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Relationships are often predicated on the historical context of human interaction The Reader and Maus are stories about the way in which generational conflict is associated with the past They also deal with the idea that exploration of cultural history introduces feelings of shame guilt and blame Artie of Maus is constantly in friction with the life he might have lived as a Jew in an anti-Semitic world and the one he lives as the converse of his Holocaust survivor father The Readers Michael Berg is perpetually attempting to displace himself from the guilt of Germans citizens of the Reich Although the novels illustrate that victims and perpetrators are on antithetic sides of oppression they provide reason to believe that children of victims and perpetrators live similarly Each operates in a world of guilt and nostalgia for the history that they did not have the opportunity to define With the devastation caused by World War II as the backdrop for their novels Bernard Schlink and Arthur Spiegelman expose the generational conflict that occurs between the people that experience tragedy and the people that are taught it Maus is the autobiography of an artist living in America born to survivors of the Jewish Holocaust In it the author Arthur Spiegelman explores what role the Jewish Holocaust has played in his life and how it has affected his self-image and his feelings of guilt He does through his explanation of the books writing process and a narration of his fathers story Artie Mauss main character is forced by his father to respect the Jews who escaped the Holocaust more than he respects himself His father makes him feel guilty for spending money rather than living the way it was in the Holocaust After he finds a wire on the street he asks Artie Why you always want to buy when you can findSpiegelman116 Artie in other sections of the novel speaks of how his father would not
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