I mentioned to my professor about how Art's mother was sick of some trauma and she commited suicide from that Art felt guilty and he got some kind of mental illness.
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Vladek certainly suffers from emotional trauma. The Suicide of his wife, Art's mother, weighs heavily on him. Vladek hoards things in his flat. He cannot get over his wartime experience of scouring for things to survive. Vladek is also generally cynical and bitter about life.