Animal Imagery in Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize Winning Graphic Novel "Maus" : A Survivor’s Tale loosely satirized the crude racial stereotypes of the different nationalities involved in World War II and more specifically the Holocaust. Throughout the collected works of the book, the animals portraying the humans in question tend to either reinforce the cultural stereotypes portrayed in the book, or seem to bounce off them. What remains is a narrative that continually forces the reader to confront the nature of stereotypes. Since this is a graphic novel, pictures do tremendous amount of storytelling. For instance, on panel titled “The Honeymoon” depicts a group of mice looking at a flying swastika unfurled in their town for the first...The end:
.....hized comparisons are ridiculous. Nonetheless, they sit in our brains like evil growths. Maus is an inspiring and challenging graphic novel that uses animal representation to teach the reader about the racism in the world and the racism in ourselves. It is a testament to Spiegelman’s courage and insight as a writer. Hopefully he will write more of this disturbing, wise and thought provoking material. Bibliography Leventhal , Robert S.. Art Spiegelman's MAUS: Working-Through The Trauma of the Holocaust. 1995. Retrieved 3 Aug 2010. http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/holocaust/spiegelman.html. Spiegelman , Art. Maus : A Survivor’s Story. New York: Pantheon Books, 1986. Tarantino, Quentin. Inglorious Basterds . Los Angeles: Universal Pictures, 2009.