The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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The story is brief, but the meaning is long lasting, The Boy In the Striped Pajamas. The novel written by John Boyne and the film directed by Mark Herman, inspires people to not conform to others’ expectations. Both the film and the novel discuss the tragic ignorant stricken life of a young boy, Bruno, and his family. While the novel and the film follow the same plot line the two stories have some key differences; some of them being in the: themes, settings, and characters. To begin, the novel and film present themes of friendship and blindly following authority, which readers later discover affect the story’s plot. In the story Bruno finds Shmuel in the kitchen by himself cleaning glassware. They begin talking and when Lieutenant Kotler walks in suddenly Bruno has “never spoken to him:’ ‘[He’s] never seen [Shmuel] in [his] life”(Boyne 172) Bruno tries to defend himself and follow the idea that he should not talk to Shmuel just because he is a jew. In the film, unlike the novel, Bruno’s grandfather never disobeys the german beliefs in the war. Also, there is a friendship and affair between Lieutenant Kotler…show more content…
The story presents themes of friendship and blindly following authority, which readers later discover affect the story’s plot. Although both tellings mainly take place in Auschwitz, small changes in the setting details greatly affect the ending of the novel and film. Finally, though people find it easy to fall in love with many of the characters, Mother’s transformation between the novel and film is most impressive. Even though the movie and book differ the story of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas is a wonderful fictional telling of a young boy’s life in World War II. “And that’s the end of the story about Bruno and his family. Of course all this happened a long time ago and nothing like that could ever happen again. Not in this day and age.”(Boyne
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