1) Why do you think the author interprets Jews as mice and Nazis as pigs?
I think that Art Spiegelman chose to interpret both social groups as animals because of these animals' characteristics. Many people are disgusted by mice and just want to kill them. That is the way that the Nazis envisioned Jews: they felt that the Jews were superior and didn't deserve to live. In the other hand, pigs have a very serious fashion. How many times have you seen a pig smile or have fun? They are always "arguing" with each other, oinking from one side to the other.
2) Why do you think Vladek is saving so much money and doesn't want to the spend the thousands he has on his bank account?
I think Vladek is saving a lot of money thinking about Artie's future. He seems very comfortable with the life that he is having and he seems to be okay about doing things such as fixing the roof because he never asks Artie for help, only Mala does, and it is because she found him there and got scared. He seems to believe that he already went through so much struggle that doing these things such as fixing the roof is not a problem. He also wants his beloved son to have a very good and privileged life and not feel any kind of conflicts compared to what he had to face.
|This image shows that the person is keeping part of his money in the bank and |
another part for him to spend, always adding a little more to his savings, exactly what Vladek is doing.
3) What did Artie mean when he called his father a murderer after he found out he had burned all his mother's memories from World War II?
I think Artie called his father a murderer because he "killed" all that left of his mother. Artie really wanted to see those diaries she kept because it was, again, all that was left of Anja; however, because of one depressing day, Vladek had burned them all.
|This image demonstrates "burning everything that is left".|