Fischen; explanation

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Drew Langton Page 1 of 5 Fischen: An Explanation and Review Maus is a graphic novel about the holocaust and the traumatic effects it had on those being persecuted. One specific example of trauma that author Art Spiegelman wrote about was Vladek’s tendencies to hoard objects of little value during his life after his experiences as a Jew during the holocaust. The main question I explored and answered was, why does Vladek cherish and keep his old, rather worthless possessions even while his wife, Mala, persistently harassed him about it? Course discussions included ideas about how the death of Vladek’s first wife, Anna, was the reason he kept all of his things. But, I believe there was more to the situation, so I researched the ideas, and I present a graphic novel named Fischen to describe my findings. In Fischen I used many of Spiegelman’s techniques to enhance the readers experience, like using animal characters to, not only follow Spiegelman’s style but also to minimize the attention to my lack of artistic ability (assuming that it would be easier to draw a fish rather than a human). In Maus Mala was very upset with Vladek’s inability to get rid of objects that represented the past, and reminded him of the holocaust. The part that upset her the most is how he was so traumatized by the event that he allowed worthless objects like dry dock savings bank calendars from 1965, and an old plastic hospital pitcher, to sit around and collect dust. Mala expressed her anger to Vladek’s son Arty, when she said, “He drives me crazy! He won’t even let me throw out the plastic pitcher he took from his hospital room last year! He’s more attached to things than to people!” (P. 93). The reason Mala was so upset was that besides this random junk taking up space in her home, she didn’t understand why Vladek had such a hard time letting these objects go. She didn’t understand his logic behind keeping all these things. Even though they both experienced the holocaust, what they took away from it was very different. During the holocaust,
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Drew Langton Page 2 of 5 once the racial minority families ran out of money they would use anything they could get their hands on to trade for food, supplies, and other necessities to provide for their families. Mala didn’t realize that Vladek learned from his traumatic experience and was saving all these objects
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This note was uploaded on 10/06/2011 for the course IAH 207 taught by Professor Johns during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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