What kind of man/mouse is Vladek Spiegelman? What traits do you think enabled him to survive events in which the majority of Jews were killed?


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Vladek is a complicated man/mouse. It is interesting that we can see his present personality as a sum total of his experiences. Yes, he is a stereotypical old Jewish man. Spiegelman does this on purpose to show he was conditioned to be that way by the very people who tried to exterminate him. Vladek,for example, hangs on to things and is "cheap" because he had to be during the war to survive. To be sure Vladek is a profoundly flawed character but much of what we interpret as flaws got Vladek through Hell and back.