Idea #3 – Significance of Objects


The designs of certain objects on both pages really stood out to me. I noticed that Spiegelman on pages 55 and 232, and on many other pages throughout the story, illustrated objects that were meant to have more meaning than just their general purpose. The tents and the cabins on page 55 were illustrated on opposite sides of fences, with the cabins having windows, and the tents having no windows. It was a way for Spiegelman to describe the horrid living conditions of the Jews, and how they were isolated from society: including from the Polish prisoners. Additionally, the guns held by the armed guards could have been a way Spiegelman represented pain, fear, and war. The hammer stood out to me on page 232, because although its general purpose was to show the labor the Jews had to perform at the camps; it could have also represented a gavel. It had the similar design of a gavel, which could represent the overall injustice of the Holocaust, and mistreatment of the Jews.