The Complete Maus- Luck vs Skill

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During the time of the Holocaust, for any Jew to survive was very difficult and required a wide variety of skills as well as luck. To have some luck without skills wasn’t nearly enough and on the contrary, to have skills but not be lucky could be fatal just as easily. In The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman, Art writes of his father, Vladek, and his survival story as a Jewish man during the holocaust as a graphic novel. It is seen throughout this novel that Vladek was a very resourceful many who had a vast number of skills to offer, but more than that Vladek was lucky on numerous occasions. Vladek needed his luck, his skills, as well as a combination of the two together to have been able to survive the holocaust as he did. This tells a lot about life and the fact that through horrific events people can’t normally get through things without others and luck, but relying completely on someone else or to catch a break isn’t enough either, it shows that there needs to be a balance in life. There were multiple points in Vladek’s story where his skills or mind didn’t help him succeed at all, where anyone in his situation could have been successful, he seemed to simply be in the right place at the right time. An example of this can be found on page 117. Vladek saw his cousin who sent another cousin, Haskel, a chief of the Jewish police who helped Vladek and his wife Anja escape. Haskel was able to register them somewhere new due to that fact that he was on good terms with the Gestapo as he frequently played poker with them losing big sums of money. Haskel’s good standing with the Gestapo as well as Vladek seeing and being rescued by his cousin was by no efforts of his own, just pure luck. While staying at this new place with his cousin, Vladek once again was able to benefit from the work of someone else, his cousin Miloch. Vladek was hoping he would soon be able to escape
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