Is Art (the character) sympathetic to his father? Is Art (the author) more or less sympathetic? What character do you sympathize with most?
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Art is not so sympathetic to his father. Much of what he does for Vladek is out of guilt and his own interests to produce his book. Art has a lot of repressed anger against his father, which seems to prohibit any kind of reconciliation. Vladek's own justification of the past also makes it difficult for Art to connect with his father. I actually sympathize with Vladek. He is a product of the war years. He must live with the suicide of his first wife as well as the war memories that haunt him. For Vladek, peacetime is a struggle because he had been shaped so deafeningly by the war. I also am sympathetic to his second wife Mala. She is consumed with frustration towards Vladek's inability to part with money, while Vladek views his wife with considerable distrust and accuses her of trying to steal his money. Fed up with her husband, Mala eventually leaves him and moves to Florida, though they are later reunited against her better judgment. Like Vladek, she is a Holocaust survivor. .