|Assignment on Maus 1 & 2 and Master Harold and the boys:
Length: The oral history, the drawings, or the play (#’s 1-3) will vary in length.
The traditional style paper (#s 4-9) should be about 3 pages (double-spaced, 12 pt. Times font with quotations from the texts incorporated into the body of your paper.)
Choose one of the following topics:
1. Do an oral history of someone in your family about some aspect of his or her background. You may transcribe it, or use a visual means of telling it. (You may also choose to relate an aspect of your own life history in this way.) Then compose a 1 pg. explanation, connecting themes that emerge in your oral history and the themes in Maus and Master Harold.
2. Write a scene from an act of a play depicting your family or friends in the style of Master Harold and the boys. You should use some of the themes present in the play as well as in Maus. The act should be 3-4 pages in length, complete with stage directions. In addition to writing the scene, you must compose a one page rationale in which you expand upon your ideas by explaining how your act connects to Maus and Master Harold.
3. Draw several panels depicting your family or friends in the style of Maus. You should use some of the themes present in Maus and also in Master Harold and the boys, such as friendship, family, death or illness, loyalty, racism, generational conflict, community, isolation, or others. You must compose a rationale for you panels that briefly explains them and your reasoning behind them. In your rationale connect the themes in your panels to the themes of the texts we’ve read. Also, explain the elements of your drawing, i.e. your use of light and dark, symbols, any distinguishing characteristics of the people or animals portrayed, etc.
4. Select a series of panels from Maus I or II and analyze the artistry in detail. Or contrast the style and artistry of “Prisoner of Hell Planet” with the rest of the work
5. Choose a theme such as betrayal, love, the human connection, or one of your choice, and trace its development through the two works.
6. Discuss the use of metaphor in the two works.
7. “Look at how many books have been written about the Holocaust. What’s the point?”(45) says Art Spiegelman’s psychiatrist in Maus 2. Respond.
8. Analyze the father/son relationships in both Master Harold and Maus.
9. Discuss the theme of racism as it is presented in these two works
10. Your choice, approved by me.
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