Saturday, October 10, 2009
Questions about Maus
From reading Maus II, I found it strange how Chapter 2: Auschwitz (Time Flies) starts with Art Spiegelman wearing the mask of his alter-ego. I'm sure the reader has already made the connection that Spielgelman is telling his father's story through using mice. My question is why Spegelman decided to put those random panels on pgs. 41-47 in middle of the graphic novel when he could have put them at the end. Furthermore, was there a purpose to exposing his father's death at the beginning of chapter two? I felt it didn't make sense because the story about Auschwitz was still told from his father's point of view in subsequent chapters. This insertion did not seem to fit, was very abrupt, and did not follow the rest of Maus's comic story style. Furthermore, I have always wondered through reading Maus I & II why Artie was so mean to his father. Although the reader knows that Artie is jealous of the relationship between his parents and his nonexistent brother, he still does not have the right to think so negatively of his father. From Maus II expecially, it seems that Artie is very annoyed at his father and does not care about his health. Spielgelman seems to have the wrong impression of his father because from their dialog, his father seems like a very caring and kind person to his son. Therefore, why did Siegelman portray himself in such a negative, cold manner? All I can see that doing is ruining his own image. Let me know what you guys think.