Why do you think that the author chose to include himself in the book, not just depict his father's story?
I think that he did this because he wanted the personality of his father to be more clear. I think this because I noticed some things about the personality of his father, such as his overprotectiveness, from these exchanges but not from the stories that his father told him. For example, at one point Artie's father throws away his coat saying "I have for you a warmer one"(Maus, Art Spegielman, Pg.68). This shows that he does not want his son to get sick from a cold. From his stories, which center mostly around him not his family, the reader never would have been able to tell this about his personality.
Why do you think that the author chose to open the novel with a story about when he was a child?
|This woman is overprotective of her son like Valdeck is to his son.|
I think that he did this to introduce the reader to the character of his father when he was a little happier. You know that he was a little happier because his wife had not died yet. His wife, Anja, had committed suicide when the next part of the book began(Maus, Art Spigelman, Pg. 11).
Do you think that it was a good idea for Artie to include Lucia greenburg in the story?
I do think that it was a good idea for Artie to include Lucia in the story. I think this because for multiple reasons. The first is that it provides an interesting hook for the story. I believe that if the story started on a heavier note, fewer people would be inclined to read the rest of the book. Another reason that I think that it was a good idea for the author to start the book this way is that by the end of this story the reader has been introduced to many of the characters that seem to be important in the rest of the book. These characters are of course Valdeck and Artie but also Anja and her parents. For these reasons I think that it was a good idea to put this story in the book.