Essay Boy Striped Pajamas

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Friendship is not something that has adapted overtime. The desire to seek out and surround us with other human beings, our friends, is in our nature. Philosophers such as Aristotle infer that friendship is a kind of virtue, or implies virtue, and is necessary for living. Nobody would ever choose to live without friends even if we had all the other good things. The relationship between two very different young boys, Bruno and Shmuel’s in the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an example of the everlasting bond of a perfect friendship based upon the goodness of each other. This film portrays one of humanity’s greatest modern tragedies, through heartache and transgression, reflecting various themes through out the movie. Beyond the minor…show more content…

With little left after Bruno and his family are forced to leave their comfortable life in Brelin and move to the countryside due to the promotion of his soldier-father, the adventurous boy becomes anxious and curious to explore his new surroundings (Herman, 2009). Even after being scolded on multiple occasions for wandering too far, Bruno finds himself meeting another eight-year-old boy. But this was not just any other friend, this boy was trapped in by an electric barbed wired fence, his head shaved completely and was dressed in what looked to be striped pajamas, according to Bruno. Shmuel was a Jewish boy, trapped in a camp specifically ran by Bruno’s father. After multiple trips and days of playing and talking, the two children become friends, and not long after did Bruno begin to understand the severity of Shmuel’s circumstances. Bruno begins to question the righteousness of his Commandant-father, resulting in consequences due to the “forbidden” friendship, not just for the two boys but also for their families.
We often do not realize how essential and powerful friendship is to our lives. Aristotle claims that no individual would chose to live without friends even if the individual had all the other good things in life. He found that friendship is a virtue that is needed and desired by humans in order to reach a peaceful state of mind (Aristotle, 1999). For

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 Bookreporter.com 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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