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How does Spiegelman present the theme of Guilt in Maus

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Alessandro Borghese

on 13 January 2014

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Transcript of How does Spiegelman present the theme of Guilt in Maus

How does Spiegelman present the theme of Guilt in Maus?
There are three main types of guilt presented in the book.

Art's guilt due to his mother's death;
Art's guilt due to the commercial success of the book.
Survivor's guilt.
Theme of Guilt
This is the sort of guilt one feels if he or she survives a catastrophe or has not gone through it unlike many of his kind.
This is obviously seen in Vladek and his generation.
It is also present in Art's life.
Survivor's guilt
Anja is Art's mother and Vladek's wife.
After surviving the Holocaust she commits suicide in 1968.
Anja is a very important character both in Vladek's story and also Art often talks about her.
Anja's death is undoubtedly a couse of guilt for Art.
1. Art's guilt caused by Anja's death
Causes of Guilt
Causes of Guilt
Causes of Guilt
How Guilt is Presented
How Guilt is Presented
How Guilt is Presented
"...because here, to survive, it is necessary to train yourself in fighting alone against everybody else..."
-Primo Levi
Maus I was published in 1986.
Vladek disapproved of the book from the start.
The book results in being a huge commercial success.
This idea of fame, money and success generating from a topic like the holocaust is a cause of guilt for Art.
The Guilt of Success
Guilt is not only an emotion that is present on a total level in Maus but also is a very important one.
Speigelman continuously emphasizes this theme throughout the book.
In conclusion guilt is present on a total scale in Maus and presented with a high degree of importance.
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