A Graphic Novel Review of “Maus: A Survival’s Tale, My Father Bleeds History”


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Essay #: 059410
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A Graphic Novel Review of the Social and Historical Implications of the Holocaust and the Use of Film Noir Techniques in Maus: A Survival’s Tale, My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
This graphic novel review will analyze the important social and historical implications of the Jewish Holocaust and the cinematic film noir techniques that arise in Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, My Father Bleeds History. The biography of Vladek Spiegelman provides a context in which the Holocaust during the Second World War is dramatized through the symbolic use of animals to describe the lower status that Jewish people experienced during the war. Also, the highly contradicting use of black and whites in the various cartoon strips reflects...
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.....rstanding the historical horrors of Polish ghettoes in Vladek’s biographical narrative to Art, the use of film noir techniques provide a historical way in which the reader can identify with the World War II era. Film noir was a popular style during the 1940s, which provides a backdrop to the social contrasts that are made in the flashbacks between Vladek’s peaceful life as a new Yorker and of the dark days of survival under the Nazis. These are important features to Art Spiegelman’s graphic novel style, illustrating the cinematic affections of the Holocaust as a social and historically important within modern day society.
Works Cited:
Spiegelman, Art. Maus: A Survivor's Tale, My Father Bleeds History. New York: Raw Books and Graphics, 1986.