Study Guide

Maus: A Survivor's Tale Narrator Point of View

By Art Spiegelman

Narrator Point of View

First Person (Central Narrator)

Maus goes back and forth between two first person narrators: Vladek and Art. We see the story unfold from both of their points of view. The use of a central first person narrator puts us deep into the action of the story: we feel Vladek’s anxiety and fear as he endures concentration camp life, and we experience Art’s conflicted emotions over his relationship with his father. Since there is no third-person narrator, we don’t have the benefit of an objective or dispassionate view of their characters – but we don’t feel we need any. The use of a personal perspective such as the central first person narrator is enough to establish our intimacy with the characters.