Maus Essay - Barsoum 1 Clayton Barsoum English 1301 Maus...

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Barsoum 1 -1Clayton Barsoum English 1301 Maus Essay First Draft October 28, 2007 Guilt is shown through our innate ability to be human. It fuels our need to compensate for the tyranny or shortcomings that humans place on each other. In Maus this guilt is evident through Artie’s guilt for what his father endured in the Holocaust. Similarly, I feel guilt for the past that my father has endured and feel the need to repay my father for struggles that I had nothing to do with. This feeling of guilt is an characteristic that we can identify with true human In Maus Artie Spiegelman receives guilt from the judgment he is placed against with other peoples past. In chapter two of Maus II he is constantly struggling with guilt placed on him by his father’s time in the Holocaust. Even though he was not even alive at the time his father went through The Holocaust he acknowledges that he is not a survivor of The Holocaust and consequently feels guilt. Artie tries to repay his debt to The Holocaust by writing Maus, but even after it is acknowledged as a complete success he does not see it comparable to the struggles his father endured. Spiegelman displays this guilt by comparing his work and life to his fathers, “Vladek died of congestive heart failure on August 18, 1982. .Francoise and I stayed with him in Catskill back in August 1979.…Vladek started working as a tin man in Auschwitz in the spring of 1944. .. I started working on this page at the very end of February 1987.…In May 1987 Francois and I are expecting a baby…Between May 16, 1944 and May 24, 1944 over 100,000 Hungarian Jews were gassed in Auschwitz…“ (41). Artie assumes guilt, not only from himself, from the standards his father set on him. Spiegelman illustrates this in Maus II by stating, “No matter what I accomplish, it doesn’t seem like much compared to surviving Auschwitz”(44).
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