By Art Spiegelman
February 14, 2015
Week 2 - Job #5
Pages 72 - 127
This second week I have chosen to take the artsy side of the blogpost, my job is to be the illustrious artist. I will draw my own detailed drawings of a scene, object, or character from the book Maus to portray something that stood out to me. The drawing that is displayed underneath, is in relation to the characters from the book also explaining the connection between the way Art Spiegelman transformed this novel, by comparing it to the "The Food Chain" that took place during WWII.
In the drawing above, by Isabella Farhat, it shows that perspective of Art Spiegelman when it comes to the relation of the food chain and the book Maus. Above, you can see three different characters, the cat's (Nazi's), the mice ( Jew's), and the pigs (Pole's). Each of these characters have their own "personality" or place in the story. The book Maus, holds the idea of the Nazi's eliminating the race of Jew's, and Jewish people act like they are useless when it comes to defending because they are threatened by the difference in ability, size, speed, amount. In the middle of all this, there was the Polish population. They are bystanders, also meaning that, they don't mean harm to any of the two "teams". The live in a bubble of peace, but even without meaning harm, they can be sent to concentration camps for helping Jew's in hiding.
This relates to the "Food Chain" because of the way Art Spiegelman makes his characters relate to the animal world. In the animal world, the cat's chase and kill the mice, while the pigs are rolling around in the dirt living on their on not doing any harm to anyone else. The author was very crafty when coming up with the idea of making his novel using animals instead of human figures.
So, summing up, the author made this choice so even if the graphic novel isn't using human figures, there is a clear difference between the power and/or leadership of each character.