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Maus: A Survivor's Tale

Literary Terms for Wiki

Chandler Sinn

on 22 March 2011

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Transcript of Maus: A Survivor's Tale

Maus: A Survivor's Tale I chose to do the Prezi because I like
being creative, and I focused on the themes of the book so I would understand what the literary terms meant to the story. Allegory Maus uses Allegory by symbolizing the mice as the jews; the cats, who don't like mice, are the Nazis. Allegory's meaning to the theme, Power, shows that the Nazis are far more superior than jews just like cats are more superior than mice. Imagery Imagery in Maus is interesting because the book is known as a "graphic novel", meaning it's a chapter book made into pictures. The pictures are comic book themed, where imagery is easly shown and not often talked about. Its meaning to the mood is that it can use the setting to show how the character feels. Flashback Flashback is used in Maus when Vladek is telling his story to his son, the pictures and the dialogue in the book will flashback to the Holocaust times. Another one of the themes of the novel is memory, along with flashback, when a flashback occurs Vladek is using his memory to tell the story. Point of View The Point of View in Maus is told mostly in first person by Vladek Spiegelman and sometimes told by author, Art Spiegelman. The Point of View is important because it gives the tone of the jews/mice being quiet, emotional, weak, scared, and powerless. Author's Style In Maus, the author uses dialogue to express his thoughts, while the images can show the background setting. This allows the author time to focus on the dialogue. Tone in the novel is italicized in the dialogue. The author's writing style fits the tone by giving the chracters a certain type of feeling constructed by Spiegelman. Prologue In Maus, the Prologue shares some of the author, Art Spiegelman's, childhood. Art trips and falls and is abandoned by his friends. The Prologue follows the memory theme by telling some of Art's childhood by using flashbacks. Characterization Art develops his character, Vladek, by using methods of characterization: (1) showing the character's appearance, (2) displaying the character's actions, (3) revealing the character's thoughts, (4) allowing the character to speak, and (5) getting the reactions of others. Characterization relates to the tone by revealing the character through their thoughts and emotions. Protagonist Maus was set in the early 30s and late 40s. It was the Holocaust. The US joined several other countries to end the Nazi ways. The Americans and the other Allies are the Protagonists of the novel. The Protagonists represent the themes Power and Warfare, by showing the power the Allies had if they united to defeat the Axis. The warfare was the battles that lead up to the end of the war. Antagonist Maus has Protagonist, but it also has the Antagonist, which in this case is the Nazis and the other Axis. The Nazis show the theme Power by showing no mercy to the jews nor anyone who gets in their way. Foreshadowing In the beginning of Maus, the Spiegelman family sees the Nazi flag hung in the streets and are concerned what has happened. Hitler becomes dictator of Germany and controls the jews and later moves them into concentration camps. This is a foreshadow because the Nazi flag hinted the reader that something bad was going to happen and it did. The Foreshadow follows the theme of Ruler and Dictator by showing that too much power can lead to disaster.
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