Maus: A Survivor's Tale
How we cite our quotes:
“No! You don’t know counting pills. I’ll do it after … I’m an expert for this.” (I.2.32)
Art and Vladek seem to be competing all the time over the smallest of tasks. Here it’s counting pills.
“You should know it’s impossible to argue with your father.” (I.3.45)
Art isn’t the only one who chafes under his father’s stubbornness, as these words from Mala show.
“It was this parsha on the week I got married to Anja … And this was the parsha in 1948, after the war, on the week you were born!... And so it came out to be this parsha you sang on the Saturday of your bar mitzvah!” (I.3.61)
The fact that Art only learns now the significance of the parsha he read at his bar mitzvah says something about Art’s lack of connection to his Jewish heritage.