maus2 - He did not look very upset in the picture, nor did...

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In the passage I examined, I noticed some interesting things. The first thing that I noticed is after Art found out that his father pulled out pictures instead of his mother’s diaries, he did not seem too upset. I also noticed right after that, Art’s father tried to get him to come help with the windows, but he got intrigued by the photos, and in a subtle way, let you know he forgave his father for burning his mother’s diaries. At the end of the first Maus book, Art called his father a murderer under his breath, but didn’t mean it literally. He meant that his father murdered the memories of his mother and was very upset about it. When his father told him that he had a box to show him that he thought he lost, Art got extremely excited because he thought it was his mothers diaries, but soon found out it was actually photos taken by his father from Poland. The telltale sign that he forgave his father for burning his mother’s diaries was when Art responded to the news with a simple “Thanks.”
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Unformatted text preview: He did not look very upset in the picture, nor did it seem like he was disappointed that they weren’t his mother’s diaries. When Vladek tried to get Art to help out with the windows, he didn’t notice that his son was interested in a photo of his uncle. This action, while in context led to more talking about the photos, really showed that there was no overwhelming grief tied to the burning of the diaries. It showed that Art, after being so upset earlier, could finally let go the fact that his father burned the diaries. The fact that Art went straight to talking about his uncle in the photo instead of maybe talking about his mother or her diaries proved once again he forgave his father. Vladek burned the diaries because he could not handle the memories, which was understandable, but wrong also. In the end, his son forgave him for what he did even if he did not say it....
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course ENGL 1001 taught by Professor Perez,aman during the Spring '06 term at Colorado.

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