- How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged, or inspired the author?
The historical events of the holocaust and WW2 highly influence the ideas of this novel. Hitler once said that he did not believe jews were people. In the novel Jews are represented as rats, or mice. The Nazi's are cats, essentiallly saying that cats kill mice, like the nazis killed the jews. The holocaust influenced the author, since without this great tragedy happening, the Author would have never written this book, as there would make no sense to it and there would not be a story line because it never happened. This story is based on both fact and fiction. First of all, (and most obvious) are the people put as rats, or mice. The fact, though is that the places and happenings were real, and the different animals were made to represent the difference between Jews and the Germans. Maus tells us a very realistic story, in the body of a fiction story. Since Maus is also a very great comic, the way of telling the story might have been because of the influence of the time that they were living in. In 1991, (when the book was written) a comic book style was popular style. In this time, books were written such as: