“the Boy in the Striped Pajamas”

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Dear John Boyne, There are many interesting writings about the Holocaust, but I feel that your book brought up very different point from this dark period of history. “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas” took me on a journey from a 9 year old boy’s perspective. I could have easily sympathized with Bruno and Shmuel’s character, and it did not take me long to realize that innocence can lead to destruction. Bruno was kept in the dark about his father’s work. His innocence and lack of knowledge about what was going on in the concentration camp, lead him to a tragic death. Your book taught me a life lesson that, innocence can lead to tragedy. Your book has made me to recognize that innocence in this case became an ignorance, which lead to tragedy. Bruno was so innocent that he refused to see anything wrong. Even though he witnessed many horrible things, he could not believe in his Father’s true work. He died because he was not aware of what was happening in the concentration camps. (Boyne, page 213) it states, “He assumed that it had something to do with keeping the rain out and stopping people from catching colds.” This shows that Bruno had no idea that he was taken to a gas chamber. Standing in the big room, in between skinny, shaved head men, he was more concerned on catching cold than the vision in front of him. Another example of how Bruno was avoiding thinking about what was happening around him was when he said, “I expect we’ll have to wait here till it eases off and then I’ll get to go home” (Boyne, page 212). He was ignoring the reality, the facts, instead he is thinking ahead, about going home. This book has definitely showed me, we need to be more aware of the circumstances we are in. Innocence leads to tragedy. Before I read your book I often thought of the cruelty of the WWII and I could hardly imagined the world with people not protesting
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