Asking how the characters may or may not have changed given the circumstances in which they were put in.
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Decisions made during adverse conditions are usually ones that cary great consequences. They not only count at the time but resonate through future years. Vladek's decisions not only save his life, they also haunt him for the rest of his life. Vladek's hoarding, his treatment of women, and his unhealed emotional wounds reflect his present reality. These characters make these decisions in war time under the most dire circumstances. It is not practical to say that they would have made these same decisions during peace time.