MausSummary chapter 1 - NAME Maus by Art Spiegelman Summary of Chapter 1 Artie now a grown man is visiting his father in Rego Park They greet each other

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NAME:__________________ Maus , by Art Spiegelman Summary of Chapter 1 Artie , now a grown man, is visiting his father in Rego Park. They greet each other warmly, though Artie writes that they are not very close. He confesses that it has been “a long time” since he last saw Vladek , and notices that Vladek has aged during that time. “My mother’s suicide and his two heart attacks had taken their toll,” Artie observes. Inside the house, Artie greets Mala , his father’s second wife. Like Artie’s parents and most of their friends, Mala is a Polish Jew and a survivor of the Holocaust (she has the head of a mouse). She takes Artie’s coat to hang in the closet, and Vladek berates her when she tries to use a wire hanger instead of a wood one. The first lines of Artie’s story introduce several enormous traumas: suicide, estrangement, medical issues, an unhappy marriage, and the shadow of the Holocaust hanging over the whole thing. Artie’s childhood home is a museum of tragedies, and it is no surprise that he has kept some distance from the place as an adult. Still, it
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