Maus offers up a family portrait complicated by the legacy of the Holocaust, where family bonds were tested and whole families wiped out. The novel delves into the culture clash between the Holocaust survivors and their children, who may have little connection to the culture or the religion of their parents. The family relation is also strained by the physical, emotional, and psychological traumas suffered by the survivors, whose unresolved feelings about the Holocaust cause conflicts with their children.
Despite their differences, Art’s artistry has important similarities to his father’s technical skill and resourcefulness.
Art’s relationship with his parents is haunted by the memory of those lost in the Holocaust.