How did historical events influence the ideas in the novel? What cultural issues may have influenced, challenged or inspired the author?
Imagine you are being described as a vermin, a pest... a monster everywhere you go (shmoop). This is how the jews felt like in the novel. Maus is a very distinctive which was inspired back in the days of 1933. It tells the story of Spiegelman's father, Vladek, and his experience as a polish Jew during the Holocaust. Running parallel to his father's stories about the past, is the story of Spiegelman's interactions with his father, as he visited him numerous times to interrogate him.
The novel was inspired by a terrible happening, the Holocaust. This was when six million jew were murdered and tortured by the Nazis, which were ed by one prominently horrible man, Adolf Hitler (Wikipedia). The book was inspired by the Holocaust because it tells all of the happenings in the jewish communities from the start until the end. This is told from Vladek's point of view. Without the Holocaust, Vladek would have nothing to talk about, and therefore, the book wouldn't exist.
On another perspective, the cultural issues that may have influenced the author could be the good side of World War II, like how people tried to maintain their families together. Something that challenged the author is how many jews were killed for doing nothing. One thing that inspired the author
is how the people still kept on being positive, and fought for their liberty. They never gave up.