In the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman, who does Artie blame for his breakdown?

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In Art Spiegelman's graphic novel Maus, there is a section called "Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History" that is part of Artie's earlier work. It is a short story showing Artie's time in the mental institution and gives a few details as to why he was placed there. Artie is shown screaming from a cell, "Congratulations! You've committed the perfect crime. . . You put me here. . . shorted all my circuits. . . cut my nerve endings. . . and crossed my wires! You murdered me. Mommy, and you left me here to take the rap!!!" (105). Hence, it is clearly shown that he blames his mother for his breakdown. Sadly, about three months after he gets out of the institution, his mother is found dead having killed herself by slitting her own wrists.

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He blames his mother for his breakdown. A few months after he gets out of the

mental  institution, he finds she has committed suicide.