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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
Transcript of The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
By: Stephen Scott
By: Nick Lodde
Question: In your opinion, what does the end of the story symbolize? Why?
Question: What is a stereotype? Why do people stereotype groups that are different from them? How does the movie depict Nazis stereotyping jews?
The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
Prejudice & Discrimination
When Bruno finds out that Shmuel is Jewish, he says: "You're a Jew. You can't be I think I should go now." Why does Bruno react this way at first?
By: Martha Augustine
In my opinion, the end of the story symbolizes loyalty between one another. Bruno(German) wanted to help Shmuel(Jew) find his father. Bruno was willing to risk his life for the well-being of Shmuel. Bruno did this to make up for his betrayal and show loyalty towards their friendship
By Jesse Soares
A stereotype is a generalization about a group of people for various reasons, a lot of stereo types are not always true for all the people being stereotyped. People stereotype other groups that are different than them to feel better about themselves, and make they group seem better than others. People also stereo type to make things easier. For example it is easier to to make a generalization about a group of people then to get to know them or look at them all individually. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the Nazis stereotype the jews as being evil, blaming them for everything that went wrong and that aren't worthy as people a no longer deserved to live on this planet.
This video demonstrates a similar stereotype concept as the one conveyed in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The video shows how people with blond hair are stereotyped as dumb while in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the jews are stereotyped as evil. It is not true for all the people in both instances. For example a lot of blonds go on to be successful lawyers, doctors etc. while some of them aren't as smart as other. Therefore the stereo type is untrue, not all blonds are dumb. Likewise not all Jews are evil although some do things they aren't supposed to and cause trouble, not all.
Some Jews, mostly children, such as Shmuel from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas are completely innocent, haven't laid a finger wrong and aren't even fully aware of what is going on around them. Both videos show how stereotyping effects people and how they aren't always valid.
This photograph illustrates the loyalty these men provide for their country, which relates back to Bruno's loyalty and friendship towards Shmeul. These soldiers distinctively look dedicated and committed to helping each other. Romeo was very dedicated and committed to helping Shmuel find his father. This image relates back to the ending of "The Boy In The Stripe Pajamas". These soldiers show courage and bravery because they are willing to risk their lives for their country. Bruno shows bravery and courage because he was willing to risk his life to help Shmeul find his father. Reason being the photograph and the ending of "The Boy In The Stripe Pajamas" are both similar and relates distinctively back to the key question.
All of Bruno's life he is told that Jews are greedy mean people, and the enemy. Bruno is friends with Shmuel, and thinks that he is a nice, friendly boy. To find out that Shmuel is a Jew shocks him, which his why he says "you can't be". Bruno has been talking, and playing with someone that everyone he knows hates. Knowing this makes Bruno change his thoughts of Shmuel. Bruno is not suppose to talk to the Jews, so his reaction is to leave.
I chose to compare this part of the movie to a video clip from the fox and hound. In this movie, a fox and hound become best friends, even though the hound is suppose to hunt the fox. in this clip, the owl is telling the fox that he can no longer be friends with the hound because the hound will kill him. when shown all the animals that hounds have killed in the past, the fox is now is worried that his friend will betray him. In both movies two best friends are both suppose to be enemies because of their reputation.
In the story,
The Boy in The Striped Pajamas
, the boy, Bruno, fights discrimination by speaking with the Jewish boy Shmuel. Bruno gave the boy food and offered him friendship even though the two boys were on opposing sides of the death camp fence. In the story Shmuel also fights against discrimination by maintaining a friendship with Bruno. Shmuel allowed Bruno to come over onto his side of fence in the death camp to help look for his parents. Bruno's grandmother also fights against prejudice and discrimination throughout the story. Bruno's grandmother publicly announces her disappointment with her son's large involvement with the slaughtering of Jews. Another character that fights against prejudice and discrimination is Pavel. Pavel aided Bruno when Bruno fell off of the swing. If Pavel, a Jewish slave, was seen with the boy, he would have been severely punished; however, he decided to take the risk.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a man in history who fought against prejudice and discrimination. Luther brought publicity to civil rights activities and efforts. He encouraged the importance of non-violent protest, and he povided leadership to the African-American civil rights movement. Mahatma Gandhi is also a person from history who fought against discrimination and prejudice. Gandhi dedicated 20 years of his life in South Africa fighting against discrimination. Whilst in South Africa, he created a non-violent way to protest against injustices.
"Dear white fella, somethings you should know:
when I was born, I black
when I grow up, I black
when I go in sun, I black
when I cold, I black
when I scared, I black
when I mad, I black
when I sick, I black
and when I die, I still black.
You white fella:
when you born, you pink
when you grow up, you white
when you go sun, you brown
when you cold, you blue
when you scared, you yellow
when you mad, you red
when you sick, you green
and when you die, you grey.
And you have the nerve to call me colored."
The poem "Dear White Fella" effectively relates to the fight against prejudice and discrimination. The poem is about an African American who, no matter what the circumstances, was always black. He later goes on to say how white people become red in the sun, or green when they're sick. He finishes with the statement, "And you have the nerve to call me colored." This statement shows how many people are hypocrites when it comes to prejudice and discrimination. The poem relates to fighting discrimination because it is about a man who is trying to prove a point that black people are equivalent to white people, and therefore, should be treated no differently. He is fighting discrimination and fighting for what he believes to be right. His action by writing this poem can be related to the action of Martin Luther King Jr. writing and presenting his iconic speech, "I Have A Dream." They are both fighting against prejudice and discrimination, just like the boy Bruno in The Boy in The Striped Pajamas who fought against his mother's orders not to leave the yard, and instead went to the fence, and became friends with the Jewish boy Shmuel.