Persecution in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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the Boy in the Striped Pajamas Essay (goodcopy) Dec. 14, 2013 In the story The Boy in The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, there are many consequences when society allows persecution of others. Some of those consequences are that children (Gretel and Bruno) learn plenty of bad morals, the fact that some people live large while others poorly, and that many people are separated from their families. This will explain more in-depth about each consequence. In the story Bruno and Gretel learn many bad morals from both Lt. Kotler and Father and Mother. When Pavel (Family waiter) accidentally spilled wine on Lt. Kotler, (Boyne 148) Lt. Kotler grew very angry with Pavel.“What happened next was both unexpected and unpleasant “(Boyne 148)”He (Bruno) remembered how kind Pavel had been to him on the afternoon he made the swing”(Boyne 148). This shows that Pavel was injured by Kotler and most likely killed as he was never heard again in the story. These actions teach Bruno and Gretel that this could be punishment to anyone who messes with the Soldiers and that they should keep their mouth shut (Boyne 149). Earlier in the novel, Lt. Kotler displayed more actions by using racist terms (Verbal abuse) ordering Pavel to complete a task. “’Hey you!’ he shouted, adding a word that Bruno did not understand. ‘Come over here you….’ He said the word again” (Boyne 74-76) is an example of what Bruno and Gretel witnessed. This shows that Pavel is verbally abused by Kotler. Teaching Bruno

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