Author: Art Spiegelman
Pages: 5 - 71
After reading the first chapters of the book, I came along with multiple connections.
The first connection happened on page 48, when the father tells his son about his battle in the warfare against the Nazis. At that page, the father asks himself "why he was shooting." Normally, when a person asks this question to himself, it is because they accept their defeat. Adding on, this idea is actually proven by the book, since some of the Jews were captured and defeated while in the war, because they accepted their defeat.
This idea of "accepting defeat" actually connects to real life. To prove this, the example would be the world cup in Brazil. When Brazil was losing by seven points against Germany, all the players were asking themselves "why they were playing," since all players thought that they were defeated, so they decided to play with their least effort. Furthermore, when the reporter interviewed Julio Cesar, the goalie from Brazil, he said that he preferred to lose 1-0 with the goal taken to be his fault, rather than losing 7-1 with the fault being from everyone, showing that all players gave up while in the middle of the game. If none of the players gave up while playing, the game would end differently because then all players would have a increased self esteem, which would make the results better than 7-1.
To wrap things up, the book connects to real life because of the idea of "accepting defeat."
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A second connection I had while reading the book was on page 53. On that page, the father said that in the Nazi camp, they were fed crumbs of bread and soup. Furthermore, he also said that the Nazi soldiers got better meals than them. This is because the prisoners tend to get worse benefits than the soldiers since the army wants to show that a soldier is more rewarding/in a higher class than the prisoners.
This part of the book connects to the other book "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." The reason being is because the same happenings in "Maus" happens in the other book. The father in "Maus" said that they were fed bread crumbs and soup because they were prisoners, and this exact idea happens in "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." In that book, Ivan, the main character, is sent to a Gulag. Adding on, a Gulag is a special camp in Russia where prisoners work, and in the context of the book, Stalin was responsible for it.
Going back to the book being similar to "Maus," Ivan narrates how he experiences his life inside the Gulag, and one of the topics he always talks about is hunger. The reason being is because he keeps complaining that he gets one slice of bread and one to two soups of oatmeal each day, and for the prisoners, this is a very low amount. The reason that it is very little food to them is because the prisoners work hard every single day and receive a minimum amount of food to restore their energy, meaning that they use more energy rather than receiving more energy.
In conclusion, "Maus" connects to "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" because both books contain a passage that includes the main character's reaction to low amounts of food.
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Overall, I had other connections to the book, but these were the two that stood out the most.