In my opinion, Art Spiegelman’s book “The Complete Maus” does an incredible job of showing the reader how very real the incidents of the holocaust were.  Throughout its pages, we constantly see names. Names we forget only minutes later, but names nonetheless of each and every Jew that a single man new in his misadventures through that horrific event. We see into the lives of the Jews themselves. The lives of both the rich and the poor being portrayed as pictures, documenting  everything these Jews lived through before, during, and after the holocaust. I think it is very helpful for history’s sake to have a special look into these sorts of things. To understand not from the perspective of the person watching from afar, but from the eyes of the victim or conqueror of a real moment. People do not turn on their televisions to hear an announcer speak on the affairs of a football game. They turn on their televisions to actually see the game itself, to watch what is happening so that they themselves may have a better understanding of what really goes on on that field. For this reason, the book of Maus is a great telling of an inside view of a very important event in history. A telling that opens the eyes of the reason and lets them think for themselves on what the character may truly be going through. I picked this picture of the stars to say what Maus does as a story. It shows that even though names were taken by the Germans and replaced with number and stars, that true history will never forget the real names and that stars, no matter how many, will always be beautiful when you take a better look at them. Maus says this very well.


2 thoughts on “Stars

  1. I totally agree with this article!! its really catchy in a sense where the stars mean something to US on planet Earth! you know iv e always wanted to know if we are the only ones in the Universe?! Maus does have a curious sense of this blog, because i totally agree that everything we see in reality has a story to it. I totally believe that:)

  2. I love your analogies in this post, really great. The football analogy I can’t relate to so much since I’m not a fan, but I definitely understand and agree with the meaning behind it. For the star analogy, you liken stars to people and make the assertion that “…the stars, no matter how many, will always be beautiful when you take a better look at them.” I couldn’t agree with this more, and I felt the same sense of appreciation for each individual life when reading Maus that you seem to have felt. It is a difficult thing to fathom at first, that each of the millions of people in the holocaust had years of experiences and memories that were just wiped out. It is so much easier to think of a couple million deaths as just a number, but when you really think about what that means…a couple million Vladeks died, and the story that Maus tells is just one out of millions that we are lucky enough to hear.

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