The Boy In The Striped Pajamas A Fable Analysis

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What is the best method to respond to conflict? Many people such as Lt. Kotler in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable” by John Boyne would argue that the best method to respond to conflict is violently. The best ways to respond to conflict are through peace. Peaceful ways of responding to conflict are more beneficial than violent ways, peaceful methods of responding to conflict are easier than violent ways, and violent ways of responding to conflict can drag other people into the conflict. Peaceful ways of responding to conflict are more beneficial than non-peaceful ways. In an article about peaceful protesting, Sanford writes, “Descriptions of British clubs striking unarmed Indians in the Salt March drew worldwide sympathy. In the U.S.…show more content…
In “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable”, Lt. Kotler and Shmuel argue, “‘Answer me!’ shouted Lieutenant Kotler. ‘Did you steal something from that fridge?’ ‘No, sir. He gave it to me,’ said Shmuel, tears welling up in his eyes as he threw a sideways glance at Bruno. ‘He’s my friend,’ he added” (Boyne). Instead of fighting back, Shmuel complies with the conflict peacefully. Fighting back against Lt. Kotler would have taken a lot of strength, which Shmuel did not have. In “The Diary of Anne Frank”, Anne writes, “A call-up: everyone knows what that means. Visions of concentration camps and lonely cells raced through my head. How could we let Father go to such a fate? ‘Of course he's not going,’ declared Margot as we waited for Mother in the living room. ‘Mother's gone to Mr. van Daan to ask whether we can move to our hiding place tomorrow” (Frank). There would be more pressure for the Frank family if they had gone along with the call-up than if they peacefully hid. Anne and the rest of the Frank family hid from the violence of the holocaust. In an interview with Flora Robertson says, “Question: First you had the flood, then the grasshoppers and then the dust storms. Flora Robertson: Yes, and we waited. It was about five years before we just really gave up. Every year we began going back. We were just in debt so much we thought we never could get out.” Flora Robertson and many others peacefully…show more content…
Peaceful methods of responding to conflict are better than non-peaceful methods, peaceful methods can be simpler than violent ways of responding to conflict, and non-peaceful ways of responding to conflict can hurt others. Based on these reasons, the reader can infer that responding to conflict peacefully can help them with many other problems they face in life. Works Cited Boyne, John. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable.” Studysync: Reading &Writing Companion, BookheadEd Learning, LLC, 2015. Churchill, Winston. “Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat.” Studysync: Reading &Writing Companion, BookheadEd Learning, LLC, 2015. Frank, Anne. “The Diary of a Young Girl.” Studysync: Reading &Writing Companion, BookheadEd Learning, LLC, 2015. “The Paris Peace Conference and Treaty of Versailles of 1919.” Newsela, 3 Jan. 2017, newsela.com/read/lib-treaty-versailles-paris-conference/id/38872/. Sanford, Whitney. “What Gandhi Can Teach Today's Protesters.” Newsela, 31 Oct. 2017, newsela.com/read/lib-convo-gandhi-protests-today/id/36654. Robertson, Flora, et al. “Primary Sources, Interview on the Dust Bowl Storms of Oklahoma in 1934.” Newsela, 5 Apr. 2017, newsela.com/read/primary-source-interview-dust-bowl-oklahoma/id/28834. “Wilson's Call to War Pulled America Onto the World Stage in 1917.” Newsela, 24 Apr. 2017,
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