Closure and Time Frames: Dean Janikowski

I am choosing to read the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman. This book depicts the story of the lives of Jewish men and women during the Holocaust of WWII exept in this story, mice represent the characters who play those who are Jewish, and cats represent the Nazis. For the first interesting example, I found a scene where mice prisoners are being carted away in a train, forced to stand days on end, eat what little food they had, and eat the water on the train roof for water. These moments almost go scene to scene or aspect to aspect as there is no one movement showed in two frames, but rather different moments happening over time. The Nazis every few days would open the train, and then the next frame would be them traveling again in the train. These scenes are interesting because it definitely leaves room for interpretation as there is so much time that happens between each frame, and violence and death, that it almost seems the author wanted the reader to let the imagination take control. 

Maus by: Art Spiegelman

The second image I chose to depict an interesting example of time frames was closer to the beginning, when the main character is hoping to win back his love interest who believes he is not the man he claims to be, the page at first shows him talking with her, and then skips to them being celebrated for their marriage. These two separate panels are separated by years of time, which means the reader has to fill in that time gap with how they imagined their lives had gone. Their love story seems rather sudden, but because of the narrators input of time, each image carries a lot more weight as it is the substance the reader has to carry on the story in their mind. 

Maus by: Art Spiegelman
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