The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

1558 WordsMay 29, 20127 Pages
“More than anything else, belonging is about finding a sense of our own place in the world” The book tells a story seen through the innocent eyes of an 8 year old boy, Bruno, who is unsure of his place in the world. The most evident concept of belonging is his hitch in his transition from childhood to adulthood. Throughout the book, he faces the conflict between accepting the harsh "Jew-killing" reality of the world or stay immersed in his fantastical world filled with adventure. Bruno also feels alienated from society having been moved from Berlin to the countryside, resulting in his isolation. On another level, he must further decide his place and to whether support his Nazi father's actions and stay true to his "Fatherland" or stay a…show more content…
“The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas” reveals how belonging can enrich one’s interactions with people, places and communities. This would subsequently portray how acceptance and understanding may be obtained through the enrichment of belonging. The character of Bruno has been established to enable the viewer to view what is happening through the eyes of an eight-year-old whom through his innocence is confronting a different approach towards belonging. This is in relation to the poem “St Patrick’s College” with a similar approach of how the boy in the poem is revealed to not feel a sense of belonging with his school community, showing his isolation towards the school, this is evident in “That the darkness around me wasn't "for the best" Before I let my light shine” this identifies that he wasn’t happy and did not have a care for the school community, he did not feel like he belonged with the rest of his school and he stood in the crowd and watched those around him. This relates back to Bruno in the sense that he does not feel a connection towards his people and he feels alone and different as he isolates himself and keeps a connected friendship with Shmuel. The repetition of the phrase “I want to go home” represents Bruno’s longing to return to Berlin and his sense of alienation towards Outwit. Although his family is around him, he is unable to enclose a sense of belonging towards the house. With a

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