The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
English – Essay
This story is about a young main character who’s name is Bruno, he is a young boy who is the age of nine and is a German. This story gives an impression to the reader of how life for the Jewish people must have been during the Second World War. The author of this story which is John Boyne, does not state the obvious, in other words, he does not describe the violence, he hints at it. Thus, he use’s clothes as an image which can be created in the readers head to show the status of many of the characters. In this essay I will show and reveal the way in which the author of this story use’s clothes as imagery to present to us the different aspects to people’s characters.
Lieutenant Kotler did not have a crucial role in the story but was a very important character. He used to dress very smartly by wearing a full black suit and perfectly brushed back yellow-blonde hair. He used to always have polished black boots which would always shine (pages71-72).
As Kotler is the side man of the commander (Bruno’s Father) he is very short tempered as he has to keep all the other slaves in control, just like the way he had treated Pavel at the dinner party when pavel dropped the bottle of wine next to Kotler. That provoked Kotler and left the table with pavel in a rage of anger, and I assume poor innocent Pavel had died because he was not mentioned after that in the rest of the story. Kotler has never ever no matter what treated old Jew Pavel with any respect and the reason being is because Pavel is a Jew. Bruno had made sure of never getting in young Kotler’s way because if he did he would know what the consequences would have been. Kotler treats Pavel like a dirt bag on the road, he does not care about Pavel even though he is very weak and quite old and even the slightest hit could kill him. Usually when the commander (Bruno’s Father) is out of the house out-with (The house in Poland), Kotler is not always in his soldiers uniform instead he wears a normal shirt with normal trousers and does not act like a decent soldier. Not only that it’s the fact that young Kotler flirts with the commander’s wife (Bruno’s Mother) whom I think is very unpleasant of him.
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The commander (Bruno’s Father) dresses very smart looking and very handsome indeed because he is the commander after all so he has no choice he has to dress very smart and he already does. He looks very smart in his freshly brand-new pressed uniform, his thick dark hair that is always been freshly lacquered and combed (pages42-43).
By Bruno’s point of view his father (The commander) none of Bruno’s fathers soldiers and guests had looked any handsomer than the commander himself. The way the commander dresses is really important for his job because it makes him look big from all the others and the way he dresses keeps his reputation of being a commander. The commander is a very high mannered person in front of his guest’s because he says “Your suggestions and encouragements are very much appreciated” This is quite polite. On Christmas day grandma is upset when she sees her son Ralf (The Commander) and says “I wonder-is this where I went wrong with you Ralf I wonder if all the performance’s I made you give as a boy led you to this. Dressing up like a puppet on a string”. Also she thinks to herself that her son has grown up to be a big man but a bad individual for telling his soldier’s and himself to kill so many innocent men in the concentration camps. And the men and little boys are also Jews.
Pavel is a quiet, patient and a scared person you could tell because in the book whenever Kotler shouts at pavel he always listens to him just like when Kotler says to pavel“Hey, you! Come over here take this little man to the storage shed at the back of the main house. Lined up along the side wall are some old tyres. He will select one and you are to carry it wherever he asks you to, is that understood? ”Yes, sir” (pages74-75).Pavel wears striped clothes and a Jewish band on his arm because the Germans have to know that they are Jews and that they are in the concentration camps but, a white cloth in the house when he was the servant. Old Pavel is treated with contempt by Bruno’s father and Kotler, we know this because at the dinner party we get a hint that Kotler kills Pavel because he spills the wine on lieutenant Kotler and he drags him across the floor to the other room. He is really old and he can’t walk properly because he is weak and doesn’t get much food. Pavel is really caring because when Bruno fell of his swing Pavel helps him by putting a bandage around his knee which is quite caring of him. He is really frightened of Kotler because Kotler gets really angry with Pavel because, he shouts at Pavel to get a tyre for Bruno. Before Pavel was captured he used to be a doctor and he isn’t allowed to do this job no more and he does want to but, he keeps quite however, you can tell that he still wants to be a doctor but, unfortunately he couldn’t because, he is a Jew.
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Maria is a maid who works at out-with. Around the house she wears maid clothing like a cloth over her waist on top of her dress. This suggests that she works in the house and cleans the house. She is treated with disrespect like when Gretel tells her to run her bath in such an unmannered way which is quite rude to say for a 12 year old. However Bruno treats her differently because he’s got no one to talk to and he’s got no one to play with but, he also knows Maria’s story about her mother and how she was for Bruno’s grandmother, which is another reason why Bruno treats Maria with all due respect like a mum.
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In conclusion, I think that overall, the author has very cleverly used clothes as an imagery which portrays a clear image in our minds of how the Jewish must have been treated. In the story, Bruno and Shmuel were very much the same even though they had many differences between them such as their dress sense, their ethnicity and religion. They also had another big difference between them which separated them which was Bruno being rich and Shmuel being poor. They were both nine years old and they were the same size, Shmuel and Bruno also looked exactly the same when Bruno shaved off his hair due to him having head lice. This story outlines the harsh times which the Jewish people went through during the Second World War.
BY ZARINA KHAN