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Maus: A Survivor's Tale

Maus: A Survivor's Tale

by Art Spiegelman

Analysis: Three-Act Plot Analysis

For a three-act plot analysis, put on your screenwriter’s hat. Moviemakers know the formula well: at the end of Act One, the main character is drawn in completely to a conflict. During Act Two, she is farthest away from her goals. At the end of Act Three, the story is resolved.

Act I

Vladek and his family live a prosperous life in Poland.

Act II

Vladek and his family are taken to the concentration camps.

Act III

Vladek survives, along with Anja, and they immigrate to the United States.

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