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The role of Good and Evil in Literature The role of good and evil in a novel is very important Fiction or non-fiction novels which use good and evil as the major or underlying theme are powerful Three novels Maus II by Art Spiegelman No-No Boy by John Okada and Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J K Rowling are very different texts all with themes based on good and evil Although they are presented in different ways and have few idealistic and textual similarities it is because of the good and evil theme that these novels are alike Art Spiegelmans Maus II is the true story of his father Vladek and the repercussions of his suffering in a Nazi concentration camp In 1944 at the height of World War II in Europe Vladek Spiegelman and his wife Anja were attempting to escape Poland They were caught and because they were Jewish they were brought to Auschwitz It is in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz were Vladek experiences the unimaginable yet years later he contributes to his sons novel by sharing his experiences The subtitle of Maus II And here my troubles began goes along with the underlying theme of Spiegelmans novel Although the story appears to be about Vladeks experiences in the concentration camp the theme is much deeper in that it involves how Art himself has been affected by his fathers experiences Spiegleman writes Maus II as well as its predecessor Maus I to try and understand what his father could have possibly gone through while he was in the camps He interviews Vladek not only as his father but as a survivor of one of the most horrific crimes in modern times The novel is an example of good and evil in literature because Spiegelman uses the persecution of the Jews in World War II to represent evil The novel is affective in that the reader is sure
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