An Essay On The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas



The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

In class, we read the book,

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas 

. It wasabout the friendship of two young boys and how different their beliefs are.One of the boys is Jewish and the other has a father who works for AdolphHitler and the Nazis, but Bruno (the son of the Nazi Commandant) has noclue what a Jew is or what a Nazi is. But Shmuel know that he is Jewish andthat him and Bruno shouldn’t be playing with each other and that doesn’tinterfere with their friendship what so ever. Nine year- old Bruno is verylonely, and ignorant until he meets his new best friend for life; he is veryfriendly to this boy that wears striped pajamas all day but still has manycommonalities.Bruno had to move with his family to a place he thinks is named Out-With but is really pronounced Auschwitz, because of father’s promotion andhis job is very important. When he left his lovely house in Berlin, he also hadto leave his grandmother and grandfather along with his three best friendsfor life, Karl, Daniel, and Martine. Bruno and his family left their friends andfamily for a place with horrid scenery outside your bedroom window. Theview you get is of a fence and on the other side; there are badly treatedpeople. Another down about this new house is that there are soldiers andlieutenants walking in and out of your house as if they owned the place. Theworst part about the house for Bruno and his sister was that there weren’tany other boys and girls their age that were on their side of the fence.Bruno was stuck with his sister, Grettle, the hopeless case, all day. That wasuntil he decided to go exploring one day and as soon as he was going to call it

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne Essay

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A world in which old men can be degraded and abused, a world in which people wearing dirty, unwashed, striped uniforms are not seen as being oppressed, a world in which a starving boy of identical age yet vastly different physique is seen as simply being unfortunate - such a world cannot exist. Or can it? In the world of Bruno, this is precisely the way the world is.

John Boyne's book "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" invites the readers to embark on an imaginative journey at two levels. At the first level, Boyne himself embarks upon an imaginative journey that explores a possible scenario in relation to Auschwitz. Bruno is a 9 year old boy growing up in a loving, but typically authoritarian German family in the 1930?s. His father is a…show more content…

At the end of the book Boyne shows the personal disintegration that can occur when a person is forced to confront this disconnect ? in the case of the book, with the realisation by Bruno's father that his son has actually gone into the camp and has suffered the same fate as Schmuel and his people.

Boyne also undergoes an imaginative journey in this book as his past childhood imagination inspired him to create a novel that explores the necessity of imaginative journeys. It is interesting to note that this story is totally remote from Boyne?s own experience. Research on Boyne indicates that he was brought up in a stable family where his father worked in the insurance industry and his mother was a home-maker. There is nothing to indicate that any part of his personal background could have contributed to the terrible realism portrayed in this work. One clue as to the source of his imaginative journey may be found in the fact that, as a child, he was an avid reader who loved fiction such as Enid Blyton and the Narnia series.

The closest we get to fully understanding Boyne?s imaginative journey comes from an interview with where he states: "As an Irishman growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I was only too aware of the divides --- the fences --- that existed in my own country, and that caused violence and killing for families throughout Northern Ireland for too many years. And while those problems have for the most part been solved,

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