When I first started reading The Complete Maus, I found the pictures to be very distracting; it took me forever just to finish the first chapter. The further I read however, the more I liked it. It was still a slower read than usual for me but I couldn’t just read the words and forget the pictures, there is so much more of the story written into the drawings. For example, on page 201, when Art is sitting at his drawing board surrounded by flies and corpses of mice,if this hadn’t been a graphic novel he would have gone into a long descriptive passage about the setting he was supposed to be in. How confusing that would have been! The drawings convey so much more than just words can. Without the drawings, especially in this particular part of the story, the book would be pretty confusing. Another thing I think the drawings add is an appeal to pathos, even though Art Spiegelman portrays the Jews as almost emotionless. As we discussed during class, the blank faces of the Jews is likely to make it easier for us to project emotions onto them. I think this ability to project onto the characters appeals to us because it allows us to write ourselves into the story; when we do that is causes us to empathize more with the characters. I found that while reading, I was picturing the characters with human faces and the emotions of the situation those characters were in. While an appeal to pathos can be done with words only, this aspect of it cannot. You can’t project emotions on to a character that is merely being described in words because; through the description of the character often their emotion is described as well.