Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas Text Response

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
D’arcy McGregor

The boy in the striped pyjamas is a profanation. This fictional novel by author John Boyne is set in the early 1940’s and tells the tale of a German boy’s friendship with a Jewish boy imprisoned within a concentration camp. Whilst the novel is moving, clever and seemingly informative, it is actually an inaccurate account of the Holocaust and as such, may misinform readers who have no other knowledge of this time in history.

A profanation is defined as blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath" and also degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening.
To take something as horrific as …show more content…

Again, these small details can make the camps seem to be places that were bearable and perhaps makes the aggressors seem a little more sympathetic to the reader. It makes it seem that the camps were really not so bad, and those who stood by and did nothing to help were really not so bad either, when in fact those who knew and did nothing were helping to facilitate this Holocaust and by reading this novel

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