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

Maus is a graphic novel in which Jewish characters, including the author and his family, are drawn as mice.

While illustrating himself working on his second volume of Maus, Art Spiegelman depicts his character as a mouse wearing a mouse mask to express his doubts and anxieties abouat writing his father's Holocaust story.

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The graphic novel Maus is a Holocaust memoir about author and illustrator Art Spiegelman's father, Vladek. In the novel, Spiegelman creates a clever allegory by drawing the Jewish characters as mice and the German/Nazi characters as cats. Thus, he is able to capture the predatory relationship between Nazis and Jews during World War II and the Holocaust. In addition to depicting Vladek's experiences before and during the Holocaust, when he was imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps, Art includes scenes of himself interviewing his father in the 1980s, when he was working on his books.

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