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Boy In The Striped Pajamas Comparison

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The main characters of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne and Bruno, can be contrastive of each other. However, they are alike in their thoughts, actions, morals, and the fact that they are on opposite sides of the same story. Both children are born around the time of World War II and face the challenges associated with the war. In addition, the book and the play themselves are set apart in the way they are brought to life. Anne and Bruno share the commonality of being affected by a single event, World War II. In the exposition of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, both characters are forced to move from their homes because of the war. For Anne and her family, it is to hide from the Nazis so that they are not sent away to concentration camps. It is quite evident that Anne’s family is hiding away when…show more content…
Although they are both young, Bruno is nine and Anne is thirteen causing her to be less naive than Bruno. For instance, Bruno does not know of his father’s job, nor does he know about concentration camps. “All he could say was that his father was a man to watch and that the Fury had big things in mind for him. Oh, and that he had a fantastic uniform too” (Boyne 5). Throughout the story, Bruno believes the people on the other side of the fence in concentration camps are lucky because they get to wear “striped pajamas” all day and play. Yet Anne knows that her life is constantly at stake and writes of her fears in her journal. In The Diary of Anne Frank, Anne is a Jew in a secret Annex in Holland, while Bruno is a German who resides in Poland for much of the story. While Anne can clearly see that the Germans are opposing the Jews, it is hard for little Bruno to understand that it is wartime, and the Jews and the Germans believe in staying separate. In fact, while exploring he befriends a Jew from the “other side” of the
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