Blackboard Response 13

Blackboard Response 13 - Reading "Maus" was a...

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Reading "Maus" was a very interesting experience for me. Mostly, I forgot that I was reading about events happening to actual people. Other times, I forgot that these people were portrayed as mice. The idea of portraying the Jews as mouse seems to make them timid but clever people. At least out of Vladek, we understood the cleverness of mice. One thing that was interesting about the cat and mouse relationship, besides the natural idea of predator and prey, was that the mice were always shown, mouths closed - I guess to enforce the idea of their timidity and of their forced silence - and the cats were always shown with their teeth razor sharp and bared, the way a cat would look when it's about to devour its prey or when it feels threatened. The only time you saw a mouse with his mouth open was when he was dead, when he could no longer speak for himself. Even when the mice of the story spoke, you saw no expressions on their face except sadness and discouragement, and you never saw a mouth. The thing about “Maus” is that it allows you to keep some sort of distance from the story being too personal for you, and at the same time, gives you a sense of involvement because it seems to be such an honest and real and personal account of the characters’ lives.
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