The Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas

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Distinctive ideas are at the heart of every novel. Discuss the above statement with reference to the novel studied in class.
Distinctive ideas are at the heart of every novel. This statement refers to the themes or ideas behind the novel this can be seen in the boy in The Stripped Pyjamas by John Boyne. The novel depicts a friendship with a German and Jewish Boy during WWII and although they are unlikely pair of friends because of their differences in religion and nationality they maintain their friendship even with a monumental barrier keeping them apart. Even though the novel is written through a child’s point of view it was intended for a more educated and aware audience. The novel ...view middle of the document...

With this it made it possible for normally good a person like Bruno’s farther who was in charge at the concentration camps to do unimaginable and horrible things. Gretel is a few years older than Bruno but she was quick to conform and not question these views, But Bruno on the other hand questions their views as he meets Shmuel while walking alongside the gate that separated the concentration camp and Bruno’s house. Jews were described as horrible people but Bruno did not see this in his friend. The innocent perspective that Bruno had before her came to Outwith began to slowly diminish as a result of experiences that Bruno did not quite understand, such as when Bruno’s farther just sat back and watched as Lieutenant Kotler lashed out at Pavel. This was a wakeup call for Bruno as he did not believe that his farther could just watch his innocence decreased as he realise that it was better not to question it, but Neither Bruno nor Shmuel knew what was going on in the concentration camps an in that they keep their innocence.
Distinctive ideas such as the essence of friendship are at the heart of the boy in the stripped pyjamas as even with the differences between Bruno and Shmuel a phenomenal friendship develops. The fact that Bruno is still able to stay friends with Shmuel after he discovers he is a Jews, he didn’t just conform to the Nazi ideology like his sister also explores the obedience conformity that Gretel fulfils but Bruno does not. But when Bruno was too...

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