Theme Of Indifference In The Boy And The Striped Pjamas
738 WordsMay 29, 20173 Pages
The novel Night by Elie Wiesel and the film The boy and the striped Pajamas have comparable and incomparable themes of indifference. Indifference can be defined as “the absence of sympathy, concern, or interest.” In the Holocaust indifference was a critical part of the inhumanity towards Jews. It gave the Nazis confidence to carry out such acts because their was no opposition. A similarity is the is the violent and cruel events that happened in the story. A difference that happened is the point of view from which the story is told. Another difference is the tone of how the theme of indifference is told.
To begin with, in the film and the movie the events that happened are similar. For instance, Bruno, the main character of The Boy and The Striped Pajamas, moves from Berlin to the countryside with his family. His sister Gretel becomes aware what happens at the camp next to their house. Above all, Gretel seems to sympathize more with the Nazis than the Jews. Furthermore in the book night Eliezer says, “As we were passing through some of the villages, many Germans watched us, showing no surprise. No doubt they had seen quite a few of these processions…” (46). The Germans had showed no concern for the Jews at all, and they learned to simply ignore what was happening. In addition, violence in both the film and the book was explicit. Pavel, a Jewish servant to the family, was beaten to death for spilling wine. A Non Jewish German citizen would not have been treated so harshly for only spilling wine. Moreover, those who witnessed it did nothing, Gretel and her father had complete apathy for the situation. In the novel, “I pinched myself: Was I still alive? Was I awake? How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent?,” (32). In this situation Eliezer did not understand how people could ignore the violence and inhumanity of the Nazis. This is exactly what indifference is, choosing to ignore or show no concern towards a group of people. Conversely, the film and book are told from two different points of view. Night is told from the point of view of a Jew. The Boy in The Striped Pajamas is told from the point of view of a Nazi. Eliezer experienced the holocaust