Similarities Between Anne Frank And The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death,” -Anne Frank
After reading both The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas many blatant differences were shown, but also many deeper thinking similarities. The stories of two completely different children still bring the same meanings and theme of love. With Bruno from The Boy in The Striped Pajamas being the son of a Nazi and Anne from The Diary of Anne Frank being a Jew in hiding, the two both express the message of goodness in the hearts of everyone.

The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas are two very different stories. Anne Frank is a Jewish teenager living in hiding from nazis. Throughout the story Anne is wise in her years and is very aware of her family’s situation. Bruno on the other hand, is almost the complete opposite of Anne. Bruno is the son of a Nazi. He is completely unaware that his country is at war and of the deeds his father does. Bruno also doesn’t have to live in constant fear the way that Anne does. At
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Anne and Bruno alike express that there is goodness in the hearts of everyone. This is shown specifically in The Boy In The Striped Pajamas when Bruno goes under the fence to help Shmuel, his friend in a concentration camp, find his father. The idea of a german boy helping a jew is an example of how even when told otherwise by society, people will still help those in need. Anne Frank also expresses this idea when she writes in her diary, “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart,” This shows that Anne believed in the goodness of mankind, even when it did nothing but bad to her. Both children even when they’d only been exposed to hate, still saw with pure eyes that everyone was equal and had love inside

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