Maus – Creativity Like No Other


The Holocaust will never be forgotten. This horrific period of time has been captured, remembered, and published by the minds of many. However, the mind of Art Spiegelman is one that is unlike any other. Spiegelman tells his father’s experiences of the Holocaust through unique illustrations and diction. The creativity that he possesses makes Book I and II of Maus engaging reads that one cannot put down.

Most readers immediately realize the uniqueness of Spiegelman’s work when they notice that he incorporates animals as the main characters. However, there are many more fascinating techniques included by Spiegelman that cannot be overlooked if one looks closely. I highlighted three of his techniques through an analysis of page 55 and page 232. A reader should be able to see the common facial expressions illustrated on the faces of the mice. It seems that Spiegelman has consistently placed a look of fear and pain on the mice because fear and pain is what the Jews were constantly experiencing throughout the Holocaust. Additionally, readers may be able to recognize how the size of the images on the page relate to how important the scene is. The topics that tend to stand out the most throughout the book are the ones that are included in the largest images.  Lastly, the reader should be able to discover the deeper meaning of certain objects on each page and their relation to the point of view of the story.

These three ideas are all further analyzed in the following posts, and something for any reader to think about when they are reading Maus.