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  • Identification number
  • Birkneau
  • Ghetto
  • ¨The three veteran prisoners , needles in hand , tattooed numbers on our left arms. I became A-7713. From then on , I had no other name .¨ pg (60) . Elie had been stripped of the man he was when being inked with a number that started defining him . Being labeled by A-7713 symbolizes dehumanization and alienation .
  • Identification number
  • Mrs. Schachter had symbolized what the concentration camp at Birkneau would be . Screaming ¨Jews look ! Look at the fire ! Look at the flames ! " having no one believe her until ¨in front of us , those flames . In the air , the smell of burning flesh . ¨ pg(46) .Showing dehumanization for the amount of jews murdered .
  • characters
  • ¨The same day , the Hungarian police burst into every jewish home in town : a jew was henthforth forbidden to own gold , jewelry , or any valuables .¨pg(28) . Along with ¨ New adicts were being issued . WE no longer had the right to frequent reastaurants or cafes , to travel by rail , to attend synnagogue , to be on the streets after six o´clock in the evening .Then came the ghettos.¨pg(29) . The Jews were slowly being despoiled of everything that they had . Germans taking away everything they had worked for .
  • Flies
  • pg.12 of Maus shows Vladek´s tattoo during his time at Auschwitz . The tattoo symbolizing the brutality of the concentration camps and the attempt of dehumanization of jews .
  • Artie Spiegelman uses many animals to symbolize the different race and nationalities throughout Maus . Using Mice to represent jews , with the stereotypes of jews being vermans , pest and less than human . Germans being cats who prey on Jewish mice and Americans being dogs who save the jewish mice from German cats .
  • Flies are drawn to rotting smells which symbolizes death and corps in the concentration camp . pg(201) .
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