MAUS, by Art Spiegelman

  1. What is the relationship between Art and Vladek like? How could you describe these two characters? How important is the past for their situation and personality in the present? Think about other conflicts in the family (Vladek/Mala, Art/Richieu)

  1. Race. What examples of racism can you see in the story?

  1. Guilt is a very important theme in Maus. What examples of guilty feelings can you see in the book? Think about family relationships and survival of the holocaust.

  1. Why do you think Art Spiegelman draws the characters of his book as mice, cats, pigs, etc? Do you think this, and the cartoon format in general, is an effective way of dealing with the subject matter? Why or why not?