There are only three reproductions in Maus: the photograph of Artie and Anja in “Prisoner on the Hell Planet”; the portrait of Richieu that appears on the dedication page of the book’s second volume; and the souvenir photograph of Vladek wearing a concentration camp uniform, which he sends Anja to announce his impending return to Sosnowiec after the war. Though his parents and brother are difficult characters for Artie to grasp — he maintains difficult, conflicted relationships with each of them, even after their deaths — his comics offer a way to make sense of their presence in his life, and to develop intimate, emotional connections with them even when true understand continues to elude him. While other relatives must always remain legendary or fictional on the most intimate level, his immediate family becomes “real” to Artie as he studies and shares their story.
Animal Heads and Masks Symbol Timeline in Maus
The timeline below shows where the symbol Animal Heads and Masks appears in Maus. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...friends through Rego Park, their neighborhood in Queens, New York. All three boys have mouse heads on their human bodies, indicating that they are all Jewish. Artie’s skate comes suddenly loose,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 1
...Czestochowa. It is 1935. The crowd on the platform includes Jews, with their characteristic mouse heads, and Polish Christians, who have the heads of pigs. His cousin tells Vladek that she... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 5
...“Prisoner on the Hell Planet.” Unlike Maus, the comic depicts human faces rather than animal heads. Harsh lines and exaggerated features make those faces frightening and grotesque, and Artie appears wearing... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 3