Chapter 1~ Why does Art Spiegelman use mice instead of humans to portray characters in the story? What do the mice represent?

A: Art Spiegelman used mice because they are portrayed by the world as dirty, filthy, or ferocious. The mice are supposed to represent the Jews. During the time of the holocaust the Jews were despised by Hitler and the Nazis. 

Chapter 2~ Why does Ms. Stefanska go to jail? What role did Anja in Ms. Stefanska’s going to jail?

A: Ms. Stefanska was arrested because she was hiding papers that Anja had given her. Anja was fiddling with some Communist paper to her old friends and in a panic she gave the papers to Ms. Stefanska who was then searched by the Gestapo and arrested.

Chapter 3~ What Vladek mean on page 50, when he says , “Well at least did something” Do you believe he is justified in feeling this way? Explain?

A: I believe that this statement could have mixed emotions. Vladek is enlightened because he helped a little to put a stop to the killing of Jews. However, he is  disheartened that he had to take a life.

Chapter 4~ Although Jews were allowed only limited rations under the Nazi occupation, Vladek manages to circumvent these restrictions for a while. What methods does he use to support himself and his family?

A: Vladek was a very clever and swift man. He trades his treasures or gold exchange for food in the black market. Not only that he also go to friends that owe him favors and use that to his advantage.

Chapter 5~ How did Vladek care for Anja after the destruction of the Srodula ghetto? Contrast his behavior towards his first wife, during the worst years of the war, with the way he treats Mala.

A: After the destruction of the Srodula ghetto Vladek did the best he could to take care of Anja. He was going to the black market frequently and he tried to find them a place to stay always. He was more willing to do anything with Anja. Though because he had been through the terrible years during the war he has learned to save and not use every dime he has. This is why he acts towards Mala the way he does because he has been through it and has seen it all. So, he wants her to use the things around her not go buy something new always.

Chapter 6~ Why does Artie call his father a murderer? Is he justified? Who else has he called a murderer,and why?

A: Artie called his father a murdererbecause he burned all of Anja’s, Artie’s Mother, diaries. I believe he is kind of justified because he would have see how he mother lived through the war and how she felt. However, he should also understand that Vladek, his dad, went through hard time and he didn’t want to have a constant reminder of one of the worst times of his life. It would just be a burden. Furthermore, he also calls his mother a murderer because she died holding him tightly. So, he feels responsible. Maybe he feels that she is a murderer because she killed herself. 

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