13 April 2010

Sad Reality

Muas, by Art Spiegelman, is an interesting comic that starts off with a mouse named Artie skating to the school yard with a few of his friends. When his skate breaks he ends up falling behind and then goes home. After arriving home his father talks to him and asks him for some help with his work. The comic skips ahead a few years, after Artie is already married. He is awoken one morning by a phone call and is disturbed, no only by the phone call, but because his dad wants his help working and he doesn’t want to help. After feeling guilty, Artie decided to give his father a visit and realizes that a comic he had written a few years back was found and his father read it. His father was brought back to old memories and seemed hurt. The comic was about Artie’s real mother and how she committed suicide. Artie and his father go to the bank and on their way his father tells him how Jews were pretty much treated like crap. He explained to Artie what happened during the Holocaust, they worked ridiculously hard and only went be Ids, not names. He explains to his son that times were difficult and there was nothing he could do about it.
I thought this was a sad comic because it truly showed what people have gone through in the past, and even though its written in comic form it still hit’s the heart. It’s an easier way to learn about the past and makes you think about everything you have. I really liked it. It was kind of hard to get used to the way it was written but after awhile it got easier.

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