Monday, November 10, 2008
In the second half of the book Marjane enters adolescence and also becomes an adult. She also leaves Iran to be schooled in Austria. the change of setting from Iran to Austria allowed the pictures to become more detailed. Austria does not have the same rules about appearance as Iran had so the characters had features that were not shown in other characters. I also thought that the detail of the drawings had improved a little bit but for the most part remaned simple. Marjane's struggles change in this part of the book. In Europe she has trouble conforming to being a westerner but when she returns to Iran all of her friends look at her as a westerner rather then Persian and she feels lost and does not fit in anywhere.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Out of all the graphic novels we have read in class so far I would say that this one easily has the simplest drawings. All the characters have the same shaped head with no strong facial features except for mustaches and beards on the men and a few characters with different colored hair. This threw me off at some points because I could not tell who was who in the book. Unlike Maus there are not many pictures of brutality going on. After reading Maus it was good to not have to see so much of this but if I were to have not read Maus i wonder if I having more visual scenes of the demonstrations would have got the point across better about how bad things really were.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Vladek continues to tell Art his story but his health is getting worse. they finally get out of the concentration camps and try to re-enter society. Vladek and one of his friends begin working for the Americans doing simple tasks for them. The same anti-semitism from before and during the war has not been erased. One of the interesting things about the last half of the book is that there is a real picture of Vladek right after he left the camps. The only time animals are not drawn in the book is in the cartoon about his mother's suicide but this isn't even a cartoon it's an actual picture. I think Spiegelman put this in because he felt people should see the actual man of the story for all that his father had to overcome to survive.