While reading through Maus and tracing these two pages, I noticed how often Vladek was trapped– whether that be by his past, the Germans, or something else, he is never truly free. 74 topOn page 74 of Maus I, the first panel is of Vladek and Anja’s family. The reader peers into their dinner through a window and hinting at a sense of intrusion. The angle of the shot makes it as if we’re looking into a cage of sorts, and all the exits are blacked out or shaded (including the door in the back.) Vladek is also surrounded by darkness in page 107 of Maus II. Not only is the background shaded, but also the silhouettes of the people. Although he’s out in the open, Vladek is still trapped by the Germans, or rather the fear of being killed. The prisoners are filled with terror as they sit through the night, unable to run away. This theme is definitely prevalent in both books, whether that be before, during, or after the war. I find this to be a very important detail since Vladek’s inability to escape his prison takes a drastic toll on his character along with the relationship with his son.107 Bottom


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