Maus Sybolism


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  • Cats and Mouse ?
  • Look at this trash!
  • Identification Number
  • Dead Bodies
  • The fact that the Jews are drawn as mice and the Germans are drawn as cats, that's no surprise. Cats are known to haunt, they are bigger, stronger and tend to eat mice. Mice are small and helpless. Like the cats the Nazis haunt, torture, and kill the helpless Jews symbolizing the obvious "cat and mouse". It's exactly what Art tried to portray in his comic.
  • Fire ?
  • Fire ! I See Fire!
  • Jews were given identification numbers. They had been stripped from their names which is dehumanizing. These numbers symbolized their identity.
  • "Night"
  • In Maus, flies seem to appear to represent death as they often surround dead bodies. It's symbolism because the flies are representing the death. It's dehumanizing as they are left there dead, no help, nothing.
  • God Where Are You?
  • Fire represents the Nazis power and control over the Jews during the Holocaust. For example, Madame Schacter's screams on the train of burning flames.
  • The title of the novel symbolizes death, the death of innocence, childhood, faith, and millions of people. The narrative contains many last nights, the last night in Sighet, the last night in Buna, the last night with his father. The worst suffering occurs at night.
  • It symbolized an overall death in God, as even the most loyal of the people in the concentration camps had lost faith, believing that this world turned to a Godless world. Elie loses the God he once so strongly believed in. Though most lost their faith, many lost their humanity as well.
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