Sunday, May 10, 2015

Historical Context - Victor B

Historical Context

Week 4

What is the cultural and educational background of the author and how did this background influence the book?  In what ways do the events in the books reveal evidence of the author’s world view?

 Art Spiegelman is an American cartoonist and editor born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1948. He is best known for his graphic novel Maus. He is also known for writing and controversial pieces. After his father survived the holocaust he decided to start writing his longest comic book, Maus. In this book, Nazis are cats, Jews are mice, and ethnic Poles as pigs. This book was published in 1991 and won the important Pulitzer Prize in 1992. This book was also exposed in the Museum of Modern Arts after getting a lot of critical attention. In 1979 he made a research visit to Auschwitz concentration camp where his parents had been imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II. All of this background coming especially from  his father influenced the way he wrote this book. Probably if his father hadn't survived the Holocaust he wouldn't even write this book.  Just like it did to everyone who participated, the Holocaust changed the lives of every person. This happened to Art Spiegelman and changed his world view. This book is the biggest proof to show the way he sees the world has changed. 

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