28 March 2012

Tragedy after Tragedy


Tragedy after Tragedy
In the Story of Art Speigelman’s Maus: A Survivors Tale it had a description of what some jew’s during the 1940s had to endure in order to survive. Back than it was all due to whom you have connections with to stay alive and the money or expensive objects that could be traded to help from danger as well. The story begins in America showing a comic of mice civilization. It shows a small mouse named Artie and a glimpse of how his childhood was like. His friends and him were ready to ride roller-skates, but unfortunately his own skates did not work properly so than his friends end up leaving him behind. Sad by this, he starts to cry and as he went home, he saw his father. His father asked him why is he crying, and Arties response was that his friends left him behind. His father tells him that if they left you than that just means they are not your real friends. 

It finally goes on to a few years later, when Artie is a man. His father calls him very early in the morning, he asks his son to come over to help fix the roofing of the house. Artie tried to get him off the phone because he did not want to go, so instead he went over to his father’s house the next day. As he had seen his father, he knew his father was mad, but he did not if it was about the fact he wouldn’t help him or about something different. As Artie went inside the house to wait for his father, he talked with mala whom was his stepmother.  She explained to him that he was in one of his depressing moods but she figured it was because of the comic he created long ago when his mother had first died. In the comic it explained strips of his mother’s suicide and Arties and his father’s feelings after the death. As his father walked in, he confronted his father and asked if the comic strip he had made when he was younger was the reason why he was sad. His father answered, yes but it was only because he missed Anja (Arties mother) so much. As they walked together to the bank, Arties father started to talk about the day’s when him and his mother struggled to survive because of the Holocaust set by the Germans. They had gone through so much, and during those day’s they had lost family one by one. So many tragedies had happened around them, and all they could do was to hide to keep them alive as well. Arties mother was very sad and thought back than she wanted to end her life, if all her family members were gone, but his father wouldn’t let her. As he would keep her alive and they would stay together, because he loved her. As they finally got to the bank, Arties father wanted to give him an extra key to a safety deposit box. It was his father’s life savings filled with tools he had kept from the Holocaust years and he wanted Artie to have them.  It ended with them arguing about whom keep the savings and Arties father wanted him to have it, instead of giving everything to Mala. That’s how the comic ended. 

This text relates to Up Up and Oy Vey written by Simcha Weinstein. In Up up and Oy Vey it explains where the beginning of Superhero’s was born like superman to batman. They used biblical religious Jewish stories and changed them to fit a fantasy world filled with good vs. evil but good conquers all. The way it relates to Maus: A survivor’s tale is by the texture of the story, like in Up Up and Oy Vey; they changed the story around to fit a better entertaining view and the same with Maus. Maus used a mice colony rather than real people and they also talked about Jewish life during the Holocaust years. In Up Up and Oy Vey, they used superheros and they also used Jewish stories as well. That’s how they are related to each other. There may be one text in favor of good and another in favor of bad, but they both have purpose to strengthen their Jewish community by being the inspiration for many comic work today.

2 comments:

  1. Not a bad post, Vonna. I'm not sure I comlpetely understand your last point, but I think I know what you're getting it.

    Don't forget to capitalize proper nouns like "Superman", "Mala", and "Jews."

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  2. Good post.
    what I really like is how you connected the two texts that are completely different and created a new meaning for yourself. And, the way your blog is formatted: Introduction, summary and conclusion.

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