In the novel Maus, Art Spiegelman writes about the past and present traits about a survivor of the Holocaust. Throughout the novel, the author goes back and forth between the character's past and current traits. Art is able to think about what the holocaust is about and how his father fought through it to create a novel. Vladek shows how the holocaust has affected his entire life and how his life has become more complex. When Vladek was a young man, he was a quick thinker; he was able to come up with last-minute plans that saved his and many others' lives. Though, while he is an old man, he is seen as impulsive, as he makes choices in his daily life that affect him and the people around him. Ultimately, the novel suggests how our past traits …show more content…
As a young man during WW2, Vladek proves that he is a quick thinker with ethical ideas. During the Holocaust, it was a tough time for everyone, especially the Jews. Vladek had to move from place to place just to keep himself and his family safe. This was very difficult because the Polish and Gestapos were everywhere. Vladek had ideas that were enough to save his life and keep him safe. While trying to get home on the train, Vladek tries to pretend to be a Pole when he is really a Jew: “The Poles were very bitter towards the Germans so it was good to speak badly of them.” (Spiegelman 66) Vladeks quick thinking got him a ride on a train so he could get home safely. If he hadn't thought of this he would not have been able to get home since people despised Jews. Additionally, he was able to quickly come up with the idea to play the role as a Polish man, he came up with ideas that made him seem like a more realistic Pole. His intelligent ideas made this situation a little easier on him since he could get away with small things to keep himself and his family safe. In addition to being able to disguise himself as Pole, Vladek was able to create a hiding spot for his family to stay safe. Through the course of the …show more content…
Vladek, now an older man with a son and wife, is always impulsive with his actions. These actions are usually poor and lead to something totally unnecessary. Vladek found out that the drain pipe was leaking and quickly called his son to help him fix it. His son said he did not know this type of work and he should just call a professional to fix it. Though Vladek did not want to spend a single penny, he jumped on the roof and started fixing the pipe: “But I’m no good at fixing that kind of stuff. Why don’t you just call someone? Ach! You and Mala both think money grows on bushes I’ll fix it myself.” (Spegialman 75), “Your father-he just climbed on the roof.” (Spegialman 98) Vladek proved his impulsiveness by not even considering calling a professional, straight away climbed up on the roof and assumed that he could fix it himself. He just did it without thinking about the risks of his actions. Additionally, Vladek had no experience in this type of work and he could have made it worse but he did not make a single consideration to any of those ideas. Vladek made quick decisions that were not needed, and were also not a good idea. Furthermore, Vladek proves his impulsiveness once more by not listening to the doctor, taking more than the necessary medications. One evening, Vladek was sitting on the table and counting pills. He started naming the types of
Maus is the graphic depiction of Vladek Spiegelman’s life as a Polish Jew in the 1940s trying to escape the Nazis. Night and Maus have many similarities and differences regarding style, genre, and structure. Night and Maus have similar styles because they both use figurative language. In Night, when Weisel is finally freed, he looks in the mirror for the first time in years. He says, “From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me” (Wiesel 115).
Vladek pretended to work to protect himself from getting killed. He was smart enough to know that if he pretended to work when a guard walked by, he will have a higher chance at survival. The three traits helped Valdek survive during the Holocaust when he enters
His very presence commanded loyalty and respect. Vlad’s own personal beliefs of loyalty were shown when he refused to guide a Turkish army into Transylvania because of him having been a part of the Order of the Dragon, which was a group
This character trait of Vladek’s is a result from his role within his own family throughout the Holocaust. We learn rather quickly that his entire family relied on him to be their protector as well as their provider. It was Vladek’s job to find work to make money and get food for survival and it was also his role to make sure his family was being protected in every way that he could. He was constantly putting himself in harms way and at risk to ensure the survival of his family. This manifested in Vladek’s mind as his role far longer after than the Holocaust lasted.
He is an impulsive person who judges them by their actions and he cannot control his reflexes as it comes natural to him. If he were to be patient and see what the outcome may have been, he could have avoided that problem he put himself into. See what different approaches you can take rather than doing it instantly. You cannot realize the damage until you are finished and this is what Sergei faced .As it states”He wanted to take you away from me,”Sergei says.
Another factor is that Vladkek’s meaningful relationships were affected by the Holocaust is that Vladkek knows that there is no such thing as friends. He doesn’t have a strong and meaningful relationship with Artie because he never had a stable relationship with him. Int the flashback on the beginning of the book Vladkek say “Friends? There’s no such thing as Friends”,This means that Vladkek will never have meaningful relationships because he doesn’t believe in friends which is the most important factor of creating meaningful
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.
Vladek's friendships has changed a lot during the war. Before the war, Vladek was the “star” of Sosnowiec. Girls called Vladek almost daily. It almost seemed as if anyone would do anything for him. However, once the war was starting to escalate, there was a riot Bielsko and Vladek came home to Janina, Anja, and Richieu.
In chapter three you continue to see how Vladek uses his connections to make his imprisonment in Auschwitz easier. As Dani said Vladek is a resourceful man who is able to use everything he has and make the most out of it. He survives this way. In the beginning of the chapter they start to hear rumors about “the front” being very close signifying the end of Nazi control and freedom for the prisoners. Because of this the prisoners had to walk miles to a new camp and take a train where they were packed and if you fell you never came up.
The first way that his connections would help him because when some Jewish officials came to register some of the war prisoners so that they could be free, Vladek would tell the officials that Orbach was a friend that he knew that lived in Lublin. In the novel in page 62 to the top panels of page 63, it would start showing that he would get freed to local Jews and thanks to his connection with Orbach, this would later help him be with Anja and Richieu back in Sosnowiec. This demonstrates that his luck with being freed and knowing a local Jew that would later led him to be with his family again after being imprisoned by war. Another example of his connections making up his luck is his encounter with a Nazi soldier that was going to kill him but when the officer found out that he was a relative of Illustrious Spiegelman, he would let him go. In the novel in page 118 in the bottom panels, a Nazi officer would say, “Give me your ID papers or i 'm gonna blow your brains out.”
He ended up getting a job with a department store selling knee-length stockings and as always he was able to turn a profit and sell them. He sold them to a Swedish retailer with the help of Uncle Herman and his hosiery factory in the United States. Over the years they started too really like Vladek and his work ethic and even threw him a party before he left for America. The idea of portraying Swedish people as deer was again none threating, but gentle and uplifting. Unlike the cats and pigs that can easily look
In 1939, Vladek and the Poles lose a battle against the German. He is then captured by the Germans and becomes a prisoner. On page 51 of Maus, Vladek’s story continues to the point in which he is sent to a prisoner camp near Nuremberg. It is on this page that Spiegelman, through his style of illustration and panel layout as well as his use of the theme of hands, invokes a sense of dominance and hostility from the Nazi cat, while helping the reader establish a connection with Vladek. This contributes to the overall idea of difference and segregation between the Jews and Germans in the book.