Holocaust: Maus Response

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Maus Response Paper Maus presents the idea of transmission of memories from one generation to another. Although Art Spiegelman did not live through the Holocaust, his father, a first generation survivor of the Holocaust, shared the traumatic experiences of the war with him. Spiegelman was not alive while his parents were living in the torturous conditions of the war, but the memories of the war were transmitted to him very intensely, which created a direct, powerful connection between him and the war. However, although Spiegelman has a deep connection to the war he struggles with a sense of guilt for not having to live through it as his parents did. His remorse is expressed while he is talking to his wife and says, “Somehow, I wish I had been in Auschwitz with my parents so I could really know what they lived through! I guess it's some form of guilt about having had an easier life than they did.” Spiegelman is consumed by the horrible memories of the Holocaust. He admits that when he was a child, he would occasionally fantasized that the showers in his home would emit gas in place of water, and he would often ask himself which parent he would save from Auschwitz,…show more content…
The war had greatly impacted his father’s personality, attitude and parenting style. Therefore Spiegelman’s personality and lifestyle were then influenced by his father's personality and parenting style. His father loved showing off how handy he was since that was one of his survival methods during the war. This made Spiegelman fearful to fix things because he was being compared to his father. Spiegelman felt he was always over shadowed by his father regardless of his own accomplishment because his father survived the war and he could not compete with that. He says “No matter what I accomplish, it doesn’t seem like much compared to surviving Auschwitz.”
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