Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Art and Culture Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
“A new tape recorder…Writing things down is just too hard.” (I.4.75)
Art’s use of a tape recorder (and inclusion of photographs) brings up the question of whether there are more accurate ways to represent the reality of the Holocaust. How can a comic compete with a tape recorder or a camera?
“One reason I became an artist was that he thought it was impractical – just a waste of time…it was an area where I wouldn’t have to compete with him.” (I.5.99)
Ironically, it is his father’s story that inspires one of his most successful and critically acclaimed books.
“It appeared in an obscure underground comic book. I never thought Vladek would see it.” (I.5.101)
Up to this point, Art has created art that he knows his father will never read; comics are a way for him to gain some independence from his father.