Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Maus Book 2: Chapter 1-2

Still really enjoying the book but now I have a few more questions. First off, why at the beginning of the second chapter does he draw every character including himself wearing a mask? Does he no longer consider himself a Jew? Another question I'm a tad curious about might hold no relevance but he says the word "jeezis". Now I understand that it's just a word and people say it, just like I've heard atheist say "Oh my god", but when he started wearing that mask I couldn't help but become curious. What really disturbed me was the descriptions that Vladek was being told about, on page 71, the bodies after they were gassed and what happened to them. It's just sickening how the Adolf Hitler convined the German Nazi's that the Jews were subhuman and deserved to be wiped off the face of the earth. Amazing how disgusted this "comic" makes me feel.


Lauren K. Hansen said...

I'm so pleased that you're involved enough to ask these kinds of questions. I think that the author does struggle with religion - and I think that you've picked up on some excellent clues. We cannot know everything about what he intended, but with images like the mask he wears, he gives us much food for thought.

kelsey said...

I think the author did this to show how the times have changed and religion isnt as important not only to him but to most of his generation. It might of also had to do with his depression somehow.