Idea #1 – The Facial Expressions


Art Spiegelman is a man of creativity. The expressions he has illustrated on the faces of the mice on pages 55 and 232 add great meaning to both pages. The raised eye brows and dotted eyes create this look of fear that immediately grabs the reader’s attention. The concentration camps were a place of horror for Vladek and his fellow Jews, and Spiegelman wanted the reader to understand the constant fear the Jews experienced being held captive in these camps. In my opinion, the scenario on Page 55 is a strong lead into the scenario on Page 232, because this page depicts the Germans murderous techniques. Once again, the faces of fear are clearly seen on the faces of the Jews (mice) as they are buried and burned alive.