The World War Essay

1083 WordsNov 21, 20125 Pages
Without giving too much away, the story tells of a father, a mother and their two children. The father is a soldier in Hitler’s army and after his promotion in the military, they must move from Berlin to the countryside. The little boy discovers what he is told to be a “farm.” He (Bruno) meets another boy his age (Schmuel) who is behind an electric fence on this “farm.” The boys have many questions for one another not really understanding all that is going on in the world around them. Schmuel tells Bruno that he is a Jew but unknown to them, they are not really supposed to be friends. Throughout the movie, Bruno learns from those around him that Jews are “vermin”, “not really humans” and “the reason that Germany lost WWI.” Despite what people were telling him, Bruno decided to remain friends with Schmuel, which ends with tragic consequences. the forbidden friendship that between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner in World War II-era Germany. The innocent son of a high-ranking Nazi commandant, Bruno has been largely shielded from the harsh realities of the war. When Bruno discovers that his father has been promoted and that their family will be moving from Berlin into the countryside, he doesn't take the news well. Increasingly bored in his sprawling yet dreary country abode and forbidden by his mother from exploring the backyard, young Bruno searches for something to do while his older sister plays with dolls and vies for the attention of handsome Lieutenant Kotler (Rupert Friend). One day, bored and gazing out his bedroom window, Bruno spies what first appears to be a nearby farm; his parents refuse to discuss it, and all of the inhabitants there are curiously clad in striped pajamas. But while Bruno's mother naïvely believes the "farm" to be an internment camp, her husband has sworn under oath never to reveal that it is in fact

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