Maus has a clear purpose. By telling the intimate stories of his direct family's experiences with the Holocaust, in graphic memoir form he has made so that the stories of Jews' and their sufferings have not gone to waste with intimate descriptions and personal life diaries showing the feelings these victims have felt during the Nazi's oppressions. When analyzed, the story has hundreds of deeper context and symbolisms that can tell the story with a different detail. Its cartoon style and friendly looking characters make it suitable for children to enjoy and educate themselves dor the time zones and incidents that would occur much before their own times. The depth and weight of the story itself and its relateableness to real life incidents make adults drawn to the fact that these stories are told in a seemingly-simpler fashion, but to those who would want to understand more of its contexts could go ahead and do that. All around, Maus serves the function successfully of making sure the sacrifices and lives of these people are not gone to waste by telling the story in such a widely fashion.

-By Lydia Baek

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Kois, Dan. "The Making of ‘Maus’." The New York Times. The New York Times, 03 Dec. 2011. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

Cooke, Rachel. "Art Spiegelman: 'Auschwitz Became for Us a Safe Place'"The Guardian. N.p., 23 Oct. 2011. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.