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What happens to Spiegelman's mice as they are forced deeper into "mouse holes"? In what way do they become more "mouse-like"? How might they have responded differently if the Germans had started their program of extermination from the start?

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Hmm, interesting. The mice are symbolic of the greater Jewish culture mixed up with a host of stereotypes. The whole "vermin" idea that Hitler had is exploited in the book for ironic effect. Had they been exterminated from the start I don't think the vermin scattering idea would have been as effective.