In Maus, Art Spiegelman records his personal accounts of trying to delve into his father’s traumatic past. His father, Vladek, is a Jew from Poland who survived persecution during World War II. Art wants to create a graphic novel about what his father went through during the Holocaust, so he reconnects with Vladek in order to do so. Due to the horrifying things that the Jews went through he has trouble opening up completely about all the things that happened to him. But after Art gets together with his father many times, he is finally able to understand the past legacy of the Spiegelman family.
Malter, Reuven's father, exemplifies devotion to a political cause he believes in. After receiving news about the Holocaust, Mr. Malter becomes deeply troubled and worried about the state of the Jewish people. He spends large amounts of time researching the topic and searching for solutions to the ongoing problem. Reuven notices that his father, even while confined to a hospital bed, "talked of nothing else but European Jewry and the responsibility American Jews now carried" (185). After being released, Mr. Malter goes even further, attending Zionist rallies and teaching a class about political Zionism.
If one is in a situation where speaking up against an injustice would result in being killed, what should they do? This theme is apparent in both the graphic novel Maus and the memoir Night as they focus on life during the holocaust for Jews. Maus by Art Spiegelman is the story of Art’s father Vladek and his experiences leading up to his capture and placement into the concentration camps. Night is a personal memoir by Elie Wiesel. The memoir guides the reader through Elie and his father’s experiences at concentration camps.
Those obstacle include the lack of food, water and shelter. In Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Alfonso Cuaron's s Children of Men show that love can give you the strength and transform pain and suffering into a greater power. In Mr. McCarthy’s novel The Road, we see a father struggling to keep his son and himself alive. The man is will to go through any hardship to keep his son alive. In the novel the boy and his father are having a conversation: “Can I ask you something?
The Ones We Love? Family; a blessing, or a curse? In the book Night, Elie Wiesel offers many significant themes, but the question, “is family a blessing or a curse,” is one of the most prevalent and begging themes in the novel. During the novel, Wiesel often questions if he should try and keep his father around, or if life would just be better without him in the picture. “‘Don’t let me find him!
Many people Question the definition of courage, it could be what a person does or even who they are. Courage is one of the most important things a person could have. For insists Guy Montag from the novel” Fahrenheit 451” shows acts of courage by standing up for something. Boo rabley from “To kill a mockingbird” does something to help somebody that takes courage. Last Eliezer from” Night ”which is a book that tells a life story of someone in the Holocaust Genocide, shows courage because he is in a life threating situation and stays strong the whole way through.
In Maus, Art Spiegelman tasks himself with sharing the most accurate retelling of his father’s life story as well as that of him and his father. To achieve a most accurate depiction of his father as well as that of him and his father’s relationship throughout the novel, Spiegelman includes the character Mala, but why? While Mala does not seem essential in telling the history of Art’s father, Vladek, she gives insight to who he is in the present. Married to Vladek after the suicide of his first wife, Anja, but having known the him prior to the war and having survived the holocaust, Mala also serves to impress upon to readers of Maus that no matter how stereotypical Vladek’s traits are, the traits are unshared by others of similar religion and background. Further, as Vladek constantly compares her to his first wife, Anja, Mala provides the entry-point for the
The Night and the painting “Threesome” have effectively sent a message that family is very important. They will be the ones to give you hope, support you through the hardships, and love you no matter what the circumstances are. “Their Last Steps” The painting, “Their Last Steps” by David Olére from 1946 is a “photograph” of what was happening in the Holocaust. David Olére used dark colors to express how dark the period of time it was for the Jewish people and in the background, he uses the bright red orange to represent the crematorium or where the Jews were tortured and murdered. This painting presents relationship dynamics such as, Jew to Jew.
In Maus by Art Spiegelman, Spiegelman conveys his father’s story of surviving the Holocaust through a graphic novel. The graphic novel recounts the truth of the war and how one family and the people who helped them along the way survived the war even if they didn’t live to see the end. The author’s narrative choices in this novel help realistically tell this story and the use of a non realistic medium to represent a nonfiction story helps convey the accuracy of the novel itself. While refusing a purely realistic medium to represent his father’s story, Spiegelman effectively utilizes his use of portraying humans as animals to convey the truth of his father’s story. The unrealistic portrayal of the characters in the retelling of Vladek’s story helps the reader grasp the true reality of the events his father recounts.
Bejski was a Zionist, but due to a serious heart condition, he was unable to travel to Israel as he intended, and was confined to Poland (Gariwo 1). After arriving at Plaszow concentration camp, Bejski was eventually employed by Schindler in his factory, where he was safe from the abuses of the Nazi SS. Throughout the later years of his life, Moshe Bejski honored the man who saved him and many others, Oskar Schindler, through his work as a justice in the highest levels of Israeli courts, and his activism in remembering heroes of the Holocaust,