Spiegel is Mirror in German

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Huyssen, Of Mice And Mimesis: Reading Spiegelman With Adorno
EL237--Writing About Literature

Of course, there has to be a philosopher that we can follow when we analyze literature. In Maus, the Theodor Adorno method of mimesis could be seen as a magnifying aspect of the the plot. If you don't count the personification then all you can see is an actual veiw on a real aspect of history. Check out Huyssen's quote here:
Spiegelman's project is mimetic approximation not of the events themselves, but of the memories of his parents, and thus a construction of his own "post-memory" (Marianne Hirsch), then this mimesis is one that must remain fractured, frustrated, inhibited, incomplete.

Then there is more to it than the personification to Maus. It is a concentration of a memory of the source of the book (that would be the story of Vladek Spiegelman) and how the author put two and two together and make the connections within the story. In a story like this the question of accuracy in the Holocaust came up. Only direct sources in some of this situations only work, but as we discussed in class, that opportunity is fading away.

How does direct and indirect source affect the truth in a non-fiction?

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I did not count the personification. I think it was a good idea, but for me personally, the words and the expressions on the character's faces said it all. The memories, and the fractured relationship betwee Vladek and Art was wnat spoke to me.

Direct sources are first-hand accounts, and are the best sources of truth. They were there: they know what really happened. An indirect source, such as a sruvivor's child, could act as a filter. He chooses what details about his father's stroy he wants to include. If Maus had been just about Vladek, then I do not think it would have been as compelling. For one thing, Vladek did not think there was anything wrong with himself or his relationship with Art. Since the story is told through Art's eyes, we can see the strained relationships, the psychological effects the Holocaust has had on Vladek and those who surround him.

Direct sources are most likely more reliable and truthful. Indirect sources, though they may still hold truth, have a tendency of starting to stray from the truth. Take the whole "telephone game" concept. The first person tells the second person something, and each person passes it to the next. By the time it reaches the last person, it is often distorted from the original.