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September 7, 2006 Close Reading # 1 Maus I A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Maus is written in the form of graphic novel for many reasons. By using pictures of faceless mice and eyeless cats with threatening fangs, Spiegelman is able to portray more vividly the emotions and feelings of the time. Since it is a difficult topic to relate to people today, illustrations are able to capture entire scenes, which words might not well justify. In one scene in a prisoner of war camp, all the Jews are called out for a lineup. It is a scene of much fear for the mice and while they all have individual emotions, they are all clumped together almost as one in the drawing. Their faces are actually somewhat blurred out in the illustration making them all look identical. Vladek stands in the second line and states that, “I didn’t want they should see me much.” (Spiegelman 58) Ironically, it probably did not make that big of a difference because as is clearly displayed by picture, they all look identical anyway making it impossible to stand out.
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