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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas Sparknotes

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The Holocaust was a terrible and depressing time during history. There were millions of people recklessly murdered, women and children included, just because of their religion, or because one person decided that he didn’t like them, or that they were a threat. They were thrown into concentration camps where all they did was suffer, work, and eventually, be killed. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas follows a boy whose father was a commandant of Auschwitz. Auschwitz was the largest, and most famous, of the death camps the Nazi’s (people who followed Hitler, the leader of the Holocaust). The boy, Bruno, meets a boy named Shmuel that lives in Auschwitz. Bruno and Shmuel soon become friends, and decide to go on a ‘final adventure’ together to try…show more content…
If Bruno hadn’t been so naïve, he would’ve been a lot less confused and ignorant about what was actually going on. He would’ve been able to help the Jews more than giving one kid a few pieces of chicken. Bruno also would’ve been a lot more sensitive to Shmuel’s feelings. He wouldn’t always talk about how terrible it was to have a 3 story house instead of 5, and he wouldn’t talk about how the Germans are superior like Bruno did in the book, ““. . . Bruno replied, remembering something that he had overheard Father discussing with Grandfather on any number of occasions. ‘We’re superior’”(Boyne 112). If Bruno had been less naïve, he wouldn’t be so ignorant and careless about the Holocaust. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, it was awful that Bruno was naïve about the Holocaust because it caused him to hurt himself and Shmuel. Bruno was trying to be nice and helpful, but ended up only hurting Shmuel, as the book says:
I can’t,’ said Shmuel, shaking his head and looking as if he was going to cry. ‘He’ll come back, I know he will,’ he continued, his sentences running quickly together. ‘I should have eaten them when you offered them, now it’s too late, if I take them he’ll come in and-(Boyne
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They believed this because Bruno was able to become close friends with Shmuel. They are wrong because Bruno would have still been able to become friends with Shmuel even if he wasn’t naïve. The only differences would be that Bruno would be more sensitive towards Shmuel, and they wouldn’t have gone on a ‘final adventure’. Bruno, at least, would have been alive, and Shmuel wouldn’t have been beaten for ‘stealing’ the food that Bruno gave him, because Bruno would have been more careful about helping Shmuel. It is definitely bad that Bruno was Naïve in The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. It was absolutely odious that Bruno was so naїve about the Holocaust. If Bruno hadn’t been so innocent, then he wouldn’t have been nearly as ignorant, unaware of his surroundings, and insensitive. Being so naїve even lead him to a very, very early death. It was terrible that Bruno was naїve about the Holocaust throughout The Boy in the Striped
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