When the child Art tells his father about being abandoned by his friends, Vladek gives him a very unusual response. What was his response? What does that tell you about Vladek's life experiences?
Art was expecting sympathy from his father and did not get it. Instead, his father gave him quite a harsh lesson about human character. His father believes that true friendship cannot be proven outside extreme situations and thus the concept is generally quite meaningless. He must have been betrayed before by friends, or suffered in his lifetime.
Why do you think Spiegelman draws Jewish people as mice?
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