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Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a story that was based around the time of Holocaust. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is a young adult novel by John Boyne. It continues a literary tradition of exploring the evils of the Holocaust through the eyes of a child. This novel is a fictional fable about an innocent and ignorant boy named Bruno whose father is the commandant of the concentration/death camp Auschwitz (or “Out-With” as Bruno pronounced it), Poland during World War II, under the regime of the Nazi Party and Adolf Hitler. Bruno knows nothing of the final solution and the Holocaust. All he knows is that he has moved from a pleasant home in Berlin to a house in a miserable area where there is nothing to do and nobody to play with. Anti-Semitism is investigated in the novel through characterisation, setting and plot. Individuals today can learn a lot from reading such a novel about anti-Semitism. Three things I learned from the novel is that sometimes hate is imbedded in people, friendship comes first and have no…show more content…
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This is a description of one of the only acts of violence Bruno witnesses during the story. Lieutenant Kotler, the young soldier whom Bruno has always disliked, attacks Pavel for spilling a bottle of wine into his lap as he tries to refill his glass. We all know that he didn’t just beat him for spilling wine but also because of the question asked by Ralf about his Father who didn’t agree with German policies and left Germany in 1938. Bruno and his family represent bystanders who are disgusted and disturbed by the violence but nevertheless do nothing to interfere with it or stop it.
“There was a lot of bruising on his face and Bruno grimaced, and for a moment he forgot about his apology.” (pg.
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