The Boy In Striped Pyjamas Essay

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English essay: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Question: How does the author use the child perspective in the opening chapter 10 of the novel to emphasise that all men are equal and that World War 2 was unjust?
The author uses the opening to explore the way we see things. The title is named “the dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy” this may be suggesting that the closer that you get to things the more your perspective changes. If you understand things without prejudice your views and thought will change. Furthermore the author creates a good picture in our mind as if you can imagine you are in Bruno’s shoes that in every step this “dot” became ...view middle of the document...

Furthermore the author also uses the discussion about boundaries to emphasise that all people are equal no matter where you are from and that some things were simply down to discrimination and adult cruelty.
Bruno and Shmuel also find out that they have the same birthday. They found out in the long conversation that they both had when they first met each other. Bruno first asks how old Shmuel is and he calculates on his fingers how old he is. The way Shmuel calculates his birthday on his fingers may suggest how he may not have celebrated his birthday for many years after being captured by the Germans resulting in forgetting the date. Another possible reason could be that he has been treated so badly and having to leave everything behind of him that he could again have forgotten his birthday. Normally a child would know straight away when his birthday is, not even having to think about it. It also makes us feel sorry for Shmuel to see his little fingers wiggling about to try and work out his birthday. The fact that Bruno and Shmuel share the same birthday emphasises the fact that all people are even; even if Shmuel is a Jew and Bruno a German.
The author also presents Shmuel’s family as intelligent. The conversation talked about his family did before they were put in the camp and what clever skills they knew. Bruno says “I don’t know anyone who can speak two languages...

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