Comparing Maus And Wear The Mask By Pual Laurence Dunbar

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Chase domino
Literacy 8, Class Period
10 May 2023
Maus and We wear the masks
Throughout history, humans have encountered adversity and challenges in large or small ways. The Holocaust is one of the most horrible cases of persecution and oppression in the history of the world. Two pieces of literature that explore the tribulations and triumphs of the Holocaust are Maus by Art Spiegelman and We Wear The Mask by Pual Laurence Dunbar. Maus is a sad depressing story. It describes the holocaust and how bad it was. We Wear The Mask is saddening and depressing. Both Maus and We Wear The Mask portray the theme of being strong for others even if you aren’t even feeling so strong yourself, but Maus uses death to portray this theme while We Wear The Mask …show more content…

This demonstrates how Maus portrays the theme because it says that Valdek and Anja stayed strong throughout the Holocaust. We Wear The Mask portrays this theme because it is a sad but strong poem. For example, in stanza 1, line 4 states, “With torn and bleeding hearts we smile”. This demonstrates how we wear masks portraying the theme because it shows even with sad and broken hearts they stood strong. However, Maus and I wear masks that use vastly different structural elements to portray this …show more content…

Along with this, they portray the theme be strong for others even if you aren't feeling so strong yourself, but Maus uses an episodic plot to portray this theme while we wear the mask and uses repetition to help to emphasize the meaning or the theme to portray this theme. Both Maus and We Wear the Mask portray the theme Be strong for others even when you aren’t feeling so strong yourself because in Maus and we wear the Mask everyone stood strong even when someone died. However, they go about portraying this theme through different structural components such as Maus using an episodic plot which means a story that has multiple endings and We Wear the Mask using repetition helps to emphasize the meaning or the theme. That means that the story has multiple repeated lines. Lastly, Maus and We Wear the Mask expresses a depressing tone in similar and different ways such as they both have sadness, but Maus, as well, expresses the tone of someone who died and We Wear the Mask expresses the tone “With sad and broken hearts, we stand strong”. In the end, these two texts effectively convey a powerful message about the hardships and pain that the Jewish people faced throughout the Holocaust and their tenacity to prevail against the opposing forces. It also shows that the Jews faced

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