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Explain the employment of “mask-wearing” in Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale.

The employment of mask-wearing in Maus is a device used to highlight how characters hide or construct their own identity.

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In Maus , a character's nationality/ethnicity is represented by presenting them as specific animals: Jews are mice, Germans are cats, Poles are pigs, French are frogs, and Americans are dogs. However, there are points in the story where the Jewish characters go out and present themselves as non-Jews. In the context of the comic, they do this with the use of masks. For example, at one point Vladek needs to get on a train, which he will be barred...

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