Maus : A survivor’s tale book club discussion questions
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale is available for loan as one of the Gold Coast City Council Library’s book club kits.
**Please be aware that book discussion questions contain spoilers**
Synopsis: Maus by Art Spiegelman
Maus is a graphic novel written by the author following a series of interviews with his father, Vladek, who is a Holocaust survivor. Vladek and Artie have avoided contact for some time, which Artie blames on unresolved issues from his father’s past.
- Does the graphic novel format assist the telling of this story? Why or why not?
- The art style in Maus is relatively simple. What choices did the author make, as illustrator, to assist the telling of his story.
- What do the masks represent? What is the author trying to say via the process of revealing that the characters are wearing masks?
- To what extent is Vladek’s personality formed by his Holocaust experiences?
- When you first heard that the book was about a Holocaust survivor, what did you expect?
- Is the expectation that survivors be moral paragons a form of cruelty?