The “Tracing Maus,” project has brought my understanding of Maus to new lengths. This project has helped me recognize the true meaning that lies within the text and illustrations on every page. Spiegelman has created a story within a story. He has incorporated deeper meanings and connections than one would assume through the characters, the clothing, the expressions, the color scheme, the objects on page, and the dialogue. Completing this project has taught me the importance of close reading. There is much more to a page than just the text, and it is crucial that every reader look for the specific details. Just by taking a closer look, I have learned more about the Holocaust and the story of Vladek and Art Spiegelman than ever before.
I have also gained a lot as a writer from this project. The annotation pages were something that I have never done before, but proved to be helpful when I was trying to derive the similarities and differences between each page. I was concerned that I wasn’t able to find many points to place within the tracings; however, I realized that it made it easier to discover my three main ideas. Discovering three similarities and differences in different context between the two pages was engaging and enjoyable. I loved expanding on my thoughts of why Spiegelman would include these details in his writing and illustrations, and the role they played in relation to the story.
At certain points in this project, I was confusing myself with what I was writing. This made me recognize that I needed to step away from my work every hour to reevaluate the thoughts in my head. This strategy proved to be extremely beneficial as it helped the flow of my thought process and my attempt to portray my discoveries.