Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ariana Lizarraga - Historical Context

How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged, or inspired the author?

The child of Jewish Holocaust survivors, Art Spiegelman grew up under constant reminder of his parent’s experiences of War World II in Poland. Following his mother’s suicide, Spiegelman seeks to record what is left of these experiences, by interviewing and drawing his father’s history. Although this book is a trauma, the style in which it is written, a comic strip, tends to make it a lighter read. Regardless, this tragedy gives a powerful insight into the life of a Holocaust survivor. Art tells both the complex history of his parents and their gripping story of courage, and luck during the war, interwoven with his father’s memories is Spiegelman’s own perspective.

On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. This country was one of the first to suffer from all the atrocities from Nazi's invasion lead by the monstrous leader, Adolf Hitler. The polish army was defeated within weeks of the invasion. From East Prussia and Germany in the north and Silesia and Slovakia in the south, German units, with more than 2,000 tanks and over 1,000 planes, broke through Polish defenses along the border and advanced on Warsaw in a massive encirclement attack. After heavy bombing, Warsaw surrendered to the Germans on September 27, 1939. After the invasion, the Jews were separated and sent to concentration camps. This is one Historic event in which the author's father was involved and suffered the consequences of being a Jew during those horrendous times; therefore, influencing the author to write this book.

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