Maus by Art Spiegelman and Night by Elie Wiesel are two stories in which they are based on a real-time period that people have gone through. The Holocaust based on what I’ve read and seen reflecting that time was a painful heartbreaking experience for a lot of families. The holocaust is a period during World War Two in which the Germans went on to kill two-thirds of the Jewish population. Night and Maus are both stories of a survivor telling their experience and what they witnessed happen to people around them.
The difference between these two stories is that even though they are both speaking about the same type of event in their life the way it is portrayed is very different. Vladek in Maus is telling his son Art his story while jumping around back and forth between his everyday life and the years that he was in this situation. Night on the other hand is an autobiography because the author is the person who went through this situation.
The Holocaust is the main topic but the way it is told in both stories is different even though there are some very similar moments. For example, the hanging that occurred in both of these stories. In Maus page 85 says, “The Germans intend to make an EXAMPLE of them! The next day i walked over to Modrzejowska street and in saw them… They hanged there one full week.” Vladek saw the dad and his child hung and that was seen as a point being put across to all of the Jews to follow what the Germans were telling them.
In Night page 206 it says, “Then came the march past the victims. The two men were no longer alive. Their tongues were hanging out, swollen and bluish. But the third rope was still moving the child, too light, was still breathing… and so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writhing before our eyes. And we were forced to look at him at close range.” Elie witnesses two men and a young boy named Pipel being hung in front of everyone for a crime of sabotage and has to watch the struggle that came with them dying. This is a similar situation but different at the same time because in Maus they did not see the damage of the hanging until after it was done and in Night they had to watch it all happen. In both cases, something happened that pissed the Germans off but there was a difference in how the wanted to completely get their point across.
Family is something that was big but not big at the same time because of how it’s spoken about in these books. In Night Elie’s Father was someone who meant a lot to him and he tried his hardest to always amount to that. When I say the amount I mean he worked hard to keep up with him, he was closer to his father than Art was to Vladek. Vladek cared a lot about the relationship he had with his wife and even though his father annoyed him he never really said no when he would ask for help because of his health issues. He had the care of being there for his father but doesn’t always wish to and Elie would always do whatever it took to be there for his father no matter what.
In Maus Vladek is who went through the holocaust and he wasn’t alone he had his family there for him and that’s something Elie didn’t have, he didn’t have a bunch of people who cared for him to be there to make sure he was safe or to help him get through this tough time just his father and jews would try to get him to abandon him for his own personal gain and he never did.
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