Thursday, May 9, 2013

MAUS II: How do we depict the Holocaust?

Maus II, the sequel to the immensely successful Maus, is certainly as good as the original.  If anything, Maus II does lack some of the punch of the original.  We are all familiar theme of the animals, and the shocking juxtaposition of them and the world of the Holocaust.

Speigleman seemed aware of this, implanting postmodern intrusions about the difficulty of writing this sequel, as well as the enormity of actually writing and drawing about Auschwitz.

Despite this, Maus II delivers much of the spine tingling horror and dread of the original.  It is one of the founding texts depicting the Holocaust, and nothing will change this fact.

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