18 October 2009


The comic "Maus" starts off with a story from Artie's childhood. He goes off to skate with he is friends, but accidently falls an they leave him, laughing and taunting him. Artie's father is near by and needs his help holding something. Vladek (Artie's father) asks why he is crying and Artie tells him why. after that the really story begans. we flip the page to Artie waking up to a phone call from Mala, who is telling him that his father is actign like the usual old man. He is wanting to fix things around the house. Vladek is becoming to old to be doing the work around th ehouse so he thought it would be a good idea to call his son to help him with the drain pipe. Artie doesn't reslly want to go so he makes up an excuse and give a solution to his father. Artie tells his father to call a repair man, but his V;adek hads already called a neighbor to help him. The next week, Artie goes to visit his father and Mala. He finds his father in the garage and asks him what his doing. Vladek answers with kind of a sour remark, "such jobs, i can do easily by myself" (Artie p. 98). Aertie takes the hint and leaves to greet Mala. He asks her if his father is mad, becuase he didn't want to help with the drain the week before. Mala doesn't think thats why. Then she tells Artie that his father had found and read the comic about his mother. "Prisoner on the Hell Planet," is about how Artie's mother committed suicide, and how it looks as if it were Artie's fault. Right when asrtie and Mala are done talking about the incident, Vladek walks in. Artie doesn't hesitate and asks his father about the comic adn him reading it. Valdek tells him that he found it when Artie asked him to find some stuff for him. Vladek says that he read it and that he cried after. artie tries to apologize for it, but his father insists that it was good for him to get it out of his system (Artie p. 104). Then it seems like Vladek wants a subject change, so he asks Artie if he is ready to walk to the bank with him. On the way to the bank Vladek tells the tale of him and Anja, Artie's late mother, and their survival through WWII. He tells him of how horrible it is to live, even in the better ghettos. Vladek tells of how Jews turned on their own within the camps and the very horrible loss of their family.

I really liked this reading. It pulled me into it, because it was something so real. There wasn't any, "sugar coding" as there is on usual stories of this sort. I really liked how he let us know how Tosha had to take the childrens lives. That part in the story really grabbed me and pulled me further into the story. I also liked the way his father would speak. His sentence structure is really someting else. However, my favorite thing in the entire story is the quote from Hitler. "The Jews are undoubtly a race, but they are not human" (Artie introduction). This automatically blew me away. It is a, truelly a great comic.


  1. I agree I liked the comics too...I liked the fathers sentence structure as well...It made the comic seem more real...

  2. Good post! You wouldn't even consider the Jews as mice as a form of sugar-coating?

    And proofread!