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Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Maus: A Survivor's Tale
by Art Spiegelman
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Diagrams, “Just in Case”

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Diagrams are key to helping Art visualize Vladek’s experience during the Holocaust. Vladek inserts himself into the text at times, drawing out for Art how to repair a shoe or build a bunker. The technical skill that Vladek shows by sketching these diagrams creates a link between Vladek and Art: just as Vladek’s technical skills were survival strategies, Art’s technical skill as an artist is a way for Vladek’s memory to survive after his death.

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