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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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Aimee Rose

on 10 October 2012

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Transcript of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the
Striped Pajamas By: John Boyne Symbols that occured frequently in my book. A Jewish symbol A Nazi symbol Bruno, is my character that I choose to
reflect on. He was born on April 15, 1934 and he is only at the age of 9. In his family, it consist of four people: the father (commander), mother, sister and Bruno. They live in Berlin, Germany and there are a lot of culture and society conflicts in and out of the home. The culture has a huge impact on him because, his father is a Nazi but, Bruno's friend is Jewish. Bruno has to move but, he does not know why. All he knows is that he has to move for his father's job. He learns that his life is completely different and that life went from happiness to complete depression. Their old house was five stories and now he lives in a three story house. The aspect of life changes in Bruno's mind and nothing is the same. When they first relocate, Bruno and the family don't like the transition. Bruno's three story home is now located in a concentration camp and he can not go on the other side the fence. He is only told, that there is a reason that he can not leave. Why? Bruno has to learn about the different neighborhoods and especially, his. The soldiers march only around his house. Bruno knows he is different and tries not to show it. He gave up friendship and, slowly gained it back. After losing four friends from school, he eventually gains another. He knows that his friend Shmuel is unique, and in comparison to Bruno, they are completely different from each other. Bruno shortly learns that Shmuel lives on the other side of the fence. Shmuel shares stories and memories but, never expresses that he is in pain. He knows what the other side of the fence is like but, never tells Bruno. Bruno eventually goes on the other side of the fence and learns that the people act and look different. The people catch his attention that they are not as happy as he thought. They, the Jews, are hurting with regret that the Nazis are racist and are crying with anger. The Jewish people look like their expressions are scattered and they do not know who they really are. Bruno's friend mentions that the people on the other side of the fence, wear wrist bands and everyone wears striped pajamas. Bruno does not believe it at first, eventually, he does. I think the author, John Boyne, is trying to express that in 1946 the people were hurting in emotional and physical pain. I can feel the compassion that John might have for the people. Question:
What is it about the new house that makes Bruno feel cold and unsafe?

The thing that makes Bruno feel cold and unsafe about their new house is that the atmosphere is different (a sense of depression) from the house in Berlin. (pg. 20)

What was Bruno's expression when he found out that Shmuel told him he lived in a room with eleven other people?

Bruno opened his mouth to contradict him and tell him that it was impossible but, he changed his mind and said nothing. (pg. 128) Question:
Why did Bruno not understand why Shmuel looked like he was going to cry?

Shmuel did not tell him what actually happened on the train because it was too painful. (pg. 129)

Why do you think the author explained the society around Bruno so much?

The author explains both societies so much because, I think he wants the readers to know what it was like when Hitler took control. Question:
Why were Bruno and Shmuel never allowed to touch each other?

They were not allowed to touch because Shmuel was Jewish and Bruno's father was a Nazi in Hitler's army. They were on two different sides of the fence, two societies, two cultures. Culture Bruno and his friend have the same birthday; that relates to me because I have the same birthday as my cousin.
Bruno's background is German: I have a German background just like Bruno. I also have an Irish and French background.
In Bruno's family, he is the youngest after his sister. I am the youngest, one out of five with 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Bruno and his family go to church in Germany and I go to church also, just in a different country. Compare: Culture Contrast: Bruno is not allowed to get exposed to cultures different than his, and I have been exposed to many cultures. I moved from New Mexico and that is a very mixed culture.
Bruno has one sister and I have two sisters plus two brothers.
Bruno is forced to believe in the Nazi system and he lives in fear. I am able to believe in my own religon without living in fear. Society Compare: The people in the book were mostly Polish and in Missouri, it is a diverse culture.
They have the same transportation as we do today.
The leaders of Germany and America are not liked by some of the people that live there.
The size of the leader's families in both countries are four people. Society Contrast: Germany has a dictator and America has a president.
Bruno has no freedom and in America there is freedom.
Germany is in Europe and America is in North America.
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