Giulia Di Bella
I drew this image to represent, not only a specific scene from the book, but basically it's main dilemma. The cats suppressing the mice. I drew a cat gobbling down a mouse as a metaphor. Since the book doesn't say that the cats ate the mice, it's just a metaphor to show that they are over controlling, and doing whatever they want, with the poor inoffensive mice. The mice are poor, innocent, defenseless creatures, while the cats are mean, arrogant, and have no mercy upon their soul. In the pages that I read for the second week, there was an event that really stopped me and definitely caught me attention: "That spring, on one day, the Germans took from Srodula to Auschwitz over 1,000 people. Most they took were kids - some only 2 or 3 years old. Some kids were screaming and screaming, they just couldn't stop. So the Germans swinged them by the legs against a wall... And they never anymore screamed..." Just like that. They would murder poor helpless children. (What did they get in return? Pride? Satisfaction? How could they earn a living by killing others? What type of job would that be?)
This Golden Line was my inspiration to draw this piece. Although it wasn't exactly that specific scene, it was something that relates to not only that one, but all the other conflicts of the book. The cats (Nazis-Germans) ate the mice (Jews) with all their might and never thought twice about it. They killed them in the first opportunity they had.
Overall, this image is just a metaphor to the metaphor from the book. (Not clear enough? Here comes the explanation.) Instead of illustrating the cats swinging the children up and beating the adults too, I just imagined something hypothetical in my mind and jotted it down on paper. This was my idea of all the conflict-scenes matched up together until now. Just an observation about the drawing, in the bottom right of the page, you can see clearly that the cat is not just eating one mice, but hundreds of them. It's just one of his everyday meals. If you added up all the mice that the cat ate in his life, you would get a pretty good idea of what happened in real life with the Jews and Nazis. And also, that was only one cat. Imagine all the cats that existed eating that much mice everyday... That would be a pretty accurate analogy.
In addition, although the cat doesn't seem very harmful, it surely was. For the cats, they weren't wrong on what they were doing. At least they thought they weren't. They saw themselves as the good guys, not the bad and grotesque ones. These were the Jews, in their opinion. But anyways, my point, as you could see, was to illustrate the whole conflict of the book (until now), in only one hypothetical idea. And that's how it turned out. Hope it's clear enough.