The boy in the striped pyjamas

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Expository Piece The book ‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ by John Boyne shows how war destroys children when they are not aware of what is happening around them, death and also when they may be in the wrong place at the wrong time because they have been mislead to believe something. Children in war are not sure of what is happening around them, especially in Bruno’s case, he only knows what he has seen, for example when Shmuel tells him that there are a lot of children on his side of the fence he thinks that it will be like in Berlin where children are happy and playful and have liberty, but when Bruno crosses the fence and experiences what Shmuel does every day he is very surprised and some what disappointed to see that the children here and all lethargic and gloomy, this may affect a child very harshly in the long run seeing such a place on the inside, such as Auschwitz. They witness things that should not been seen by a 9 year old like Bruno who can barely understand why he is not allowed to know about the other side of the fence let alone witness it. In the story we see that Bruno can not comprehend what is happening when he and Shmuel are taken into the gas chamber and they think that it is a building to keep them dry and warm. Death is the number one destroyer of children during war not only in the fact that their lives may be taken but lives of loved ones as well, a good example of this is when Shmuel thinks that his father has been taken away to work somewhere else, he starts to worry and eventually goes into a state of depression where he only has his mind set on one thing and that is finding his Papa or at least what happened to him. Death also affects children directly as we see when Bruno and Shmuel are gassed they have no knowledge of where they are or why they are their they are only aware that they are their together their deaths are a great
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