In Maus II, Art Spiegelman presents himself both as a family member and as an artist, and gives the reader a glimpse of how one identity led him to the other. Much more than curious about his family's past and his own beginnings, his insistence on tracking down and recording the information borders on obsession.
Because only he and his father are still alive, Artie feels guilty. He also resents his father for failing to prevent his mother's suicide and for destroying her journals. Even though he was born in Sweden, not in Auschwitz, it is survivor guilt because he knows that many pregnant women did not get out and that babies and children also died inside. Beyond guilt and resentment, however, he feels frustration because he can't stop blaming his father, even though he wants to forgive and forget. Thus Artie is continuously conflicted, and yet optimistic that putting the story on the page will help him and the thousands of others in similar situations.