The Characteristics Of Humanity In The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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There are ones to rely on, who will have people’s backs through thick and thin, and display humanity in every step. The dictionary states, “Humanity is the quality or condition of being human or humane” (“Humanity”). This means people are humans because of the way they react to certain situations. For instance, humans have feelings and characteristics such as compassion, sympathy, consideration, and kindness. People’s feelings toward others mark them apart from all other animals. In many stories throughout history, people or characters exhibit humanistic qualities. Humanity is possible in the toughest situations, as shown in the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, September 11, 2001, and our own communities. To begin, the characters from the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne display humanity. Two boys, Bruno and Shmuel, become best of friends despite their differences in race, religion, and belief. As stated in the novel, “‘Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree,’ said Bruno, who didn’t want to fight with his new friend” (Boyne 114). This was the beginning of their friendship created during tough times of the Holocaust. The races of Jews and Germans were separated after World War I and Jews were put into concentration camps run by the Nazis. This quote shows that Bruno did not want to disagree with his friend Shmuel even though they did not share the same ideas. Both boys knew the differences they had, but they put them aside and became friends. In

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