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Vladek's Relationship In Maus By Art Spiegelman

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In Maus by Art Spiegelman, Vladek attempts to recreate the lives of Anja and Richieu through the lives of Mala and Art, resulting in a damaged relationship between Vladek and the living members of his family. In Maus I, Mala mentions that after they had first married, Vladek suggested that Mala wear Anja’s old clothes when Mala complained about not having any new clothes. Mala is upset by this because by having Mala wear Anja’s old clothing, it seems as if Vladek is trying to substitute Mala for Anja, as if clothing is all that makes a person. Mala is frustrated by this event because she wants Vladek to love her for who she is, not an artificial version of herself. In addition, Mala is already under the impression that Vladek loves Anja more
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