Boy In Striped Pajamas Theme Essay

583 WordsMay 7, 20123 Pages
“I don’t understand why we’re not allowed on the other side of it. What’s so wrong with us that we can’t go over there and play? “ Innocence: the quality or state of being innocent; freedom from sin or moral wrong.This book, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne displays many different themes including friendship, discrimination, boundaries, ignorance and fear. One theme that was continuously shown and displayed throughout the book was the innocence of a child’s mind and actions. | We find that while Bruno is exploring his new environment he meets a new friend whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, their meeting results to the death of Bruno.Why? Because Bruno didn’t understand the dangers the world contains. We have wars; people getting killed every day as well as people getting discriminated against and mistreated because of their culture and religion. And we are only made aware of this as we grow and learn. | The period of time the book is based on was when European Jews were badly treated by The Nazi. They were put in concentration camps, shot to death, they even were supposedly taken for showers (where they were gathered into a room and it would be filled with poisoned or toxic gas, this would immediately lead to death). To us this is general knowledge and we would know to stay away from this if we were in the same situation, because we know of the dangerous consequences it can form. But to a young child it’s completely different. As the book quotes... | “As the door at the front was suddenly closed and a loud metallic sound rang through from the outside. Bruno raised an eyebrow, unable to understand the sense of all this, but he assumed that it had something to do with keeping the rain out and stopping people from catching colds. “ This book is a perfect example as to how delicate and pure a child’s mind is. Because we have the
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