Monday, October 12, 2009

Just some thoughts and questions

1. On page 15 of Maus II, Art discusses his insecurities with Francoise regarding being compared to the photograph of his brother: "The photo never threw tantrums or got into any kind of was an ideal kid, and I was a pain in the ass. I couldn't compete." Do you think that this could be a root cause of the strain in Vladek and Art's relationship? As in, Vladek is expecting a "perfect" son, because of course that's what Richiev would have been, and since Art isn't delivering in his mind, it causes strife?

2. Art constantly feels inadequate in relation to Vladek's surviving through the Holocaust. To illustrate this, on page forty-four it Art informs his psychiatrist that "No matter what I accomplish, it doesn't seem like much compared to surviving Auschwitz. Why does he feel this way? Why do people tend to feel less worthy when they haven't been through something damaging? And perhaps more importantly, are these feelings justified?


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