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The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas

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Karina Espinoza

on 20 July 2014

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Bruno and Shmuel
Both Bruno and Shmuel are divided by physical and racial boundaries, that only their friendship will break.
This is the first meeting were both boy's meet one another and it shows the contrast between both boys. It's also a moment that leads to both boy's breaking this boundary with their friendship.
The most prominent boundary was the arbitrary boundary of race, Shmuel belonged to the “inferior” race, Jewish. While Bruno belonged to the “superior” race, The Aryan race.

Both boy’s having broken all the boundaries that were in their path will get the chance to stand beside one another and for one last time bond their friendship.

Fatal consequence come in the story when in the climax of the story the physical boundary is crossed and both boy’s fall victims to the gas chamber of the time.

Physical Boundary
The boy's were separated by a physical boundary that came in the form of a fence, this fence separated Auschwitz from the rest of Poland. It was put in place to keep the Jewish people apart from society.
There were two prominent symbols during the holocaust that were used to identify two "races"
The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas
Broken Boundaries
By: Karina Espinoza
The boy in the Striped Pyjamas tells a story of an incredible bond between two young nine year old boy’s during the Holocaust. Bruno is the son of an important Nazi commander in charged of one of the most famous concentration camps, Auschwitz. While Shmuel is a young Jewish boy, who along with all of his family were taken to the camp. Both boys are complete opposites of each other, but a strong friendship begins to grow between them. It begins when Bruno comes upon a fence and he first meets Shmuel. As the days go on Bruno continues to explore, he finds himself at the fence spending time talking with Shmuel.
It separated Bruno's reality from Shmuel's.
Bruno's reality was filled with love, shelter and safety
While Shmuel's was filled with pain, suffering and hate
“The fence seemed to be separating him
from nothing but open space” (Boyne,93)

Even with this fence that seems to be physically separating them they continue to get to know one another and their friendship continues to grow.
Race during this period was the main idea that led to the capture of Jews during this period. The era of Hitler whose main purpose was to completely exterminate a “race” he considered to be inferior. “ …Its final objective must unswervingly be the removal of the Jews altogether.” In Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”; 1925–27), Hitler further developed the idea of the Jews as an evil race struggling for world domination” (Britannica)

There was so much hate in the country at this point, but both Bruno and Shmuel broke this controversy and they overcame it. This says so much about their friendship and how the two boy’s didn’t take it into effect and continued their friendship.

The idea of a “superior race” was in everyone's ideology while the only idea in both boy’s minds was “ friendship.”

Their friendship we can see survived this idea and it led both boy’s on a path filled with true bonds. Even his father’s ideology couldn’t waver his thoughts towards Shmuel,

“The people I see from my window. In the huts, in the distance. They're all dressed the same.' 'Ah, those people,' said Father, nodding his head and smiling slightly. 'Those people...well, they're not people at all, Bruno.' Bruno frowned. 'They're not?' he asked, unsure what Father meant by that.” (Boyne, 47)
the star of David used to identify the people of the Jewish race from the other people in Germany
The swastika with its arms pointing clockwise and being on an angle was the symbol used on the flag to represent the Nazi party
Boyne, John. The boy in the striped pyjamas: a fable. Large print ed. Oxford: ISIS Large Print, 2006. Print.

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The friendship formed by both Bruno helped them overcome this boundary of race.
One fateful day after Shmuel mentions how his father hadn't come back from "the march" Bruno swears to help him find his "papa", Bruno puts on the striped pyjama given to him by Shmuel. He crosses the fence into Shmuel's world. As both boys search the camp, the soldiers herd them along with other prisoners into the gas chambers. Where they meet their ultimate death. This is the moment where we see how their friendship lasted until the end of time. “He took hold of Shmuel’s tiny hand in his and squeezed it tightly. “You’re my best friend, Shmuel,” he said. “My best friend for life.” (Boyne,191) This is the saddest part of the novel as their little lives are taken away but in the end it’s bittersweet as they had one another in such a painful time.
“...Despite the mayhem that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.” (Boyne 191)
“Nothing more was ever heard of Bruno after that.” (Boyne, 192)
Together they conquered the physical and racial boundaries that separated them.Their friendship allowed for this to happen.Their friendship was one of the most truest and simplest one, that not even death could break.

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