English essay: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Question: How does the author use the child perspective in the opening chapter 10 of the novel to emphasise that all men are equal and that world war 2 was unjust?
The author uses the opening to explore the way we see things. The title is named “the dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy” this may be suggesting that the closer that you get to things the more your perspective changes. If you understand things without prejudice your views and thought will change. Furthermore the author creates a good picture in our mind as if you can imagine you are in Bruno’s shoes that in every step this “dot” became more and more visible to the human eye. This impacts the novel by describing the child like way Bruno see’s things. The author made Bruno have this childlike innocence to create the impression that the way children see things is much more different than the way an adult would describe the way he/she see things.
When Bruno and Shmuel meet each other they both talk about their background information and where they both are come from. Shmuel first asks where Bruno is from and Bruno replies berlin. Shmuel then says “where’s that”. Bruno is quite shocked that Shmuel has never heard of that place as if it’s extremely important country. Bruno then says “don’t you come from Germany?” Shmuel replies “no I’m from Poland.” Bruno is confused as he has not heard of this country. The author makes both Bruno and Shmuel not know the different countries that thy originally came from. This represents their childlike innocence in not knowing other countries but their own. Bruno makes bias comments about Germany being the best. He quotes “we’re superior.” As a German in world war two he would think that they were the best country that Bruno overheard his farther stating. Bruno sees his dad as a good man and always will believe whatever he says which is again represented in his childlike innocence; not being able to know the real truth. Furthermore the author also uses the discussion about boundaries to emphasise that all people are equal no matter where you are from and that some things were simply down to discrimination and adult cruelty.
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Bruno and Shmuel also find out that they have the same birthday. They found out in the long conversation that they both had when they first met each other. Bruno first asks how old Shmuel is and he calculates on his fingers how old he is. The way Shmuel calculates his birthday on his fingers may suggest how he may not have celebrated his birthday for many years after being captured by the Germans resulting in forgetting the date. Another possible reason could be that he has been treated so badly and having to leave everything behind of him that he could again have forgotten his birthday. Normally a child would know straight away when his birthday is, not even having to think about it. It also makes us feel sorry for Shmuel to see his little fingers wiggling about to try and work out his birthday. The fact that Bruno and Shmuel share the same birthday emphasises the fact that all people are even; even if Shmuel is a Jew and Bruno a German.
The author also presents Shmuel’s family as intelligent. The conversation talked about his family did before they were put in the camp and what clever skills they knew. Bruno says “I don’t know anyone who can speak two languages and especially no one of our age.” Shmuel then explains “mamma is a teacher in my school and she taught me German, she speaks French too and Italian and English.” “She’s very clever.” “I don’t know French or Italian yet but she said that she’ll teach me English one day because I might need to know it.” This gives us information on how Shmuel’s family had good jobs and qualifications and how they had to leave their old lives and memories behind. And now all those things will be not needed anymore and wasted. This heavily impacts your life by destroying everything in your life. It makes readers feel how much his family and all the other people in the camps lost. If you just imagine you’re so called “new” life in these camps the daily hard work and torture would make you feel depressed and not even having the will to live. Furthermore is also suggests that even Jews can be clever and no matter who you are, everyone is just the same.
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Finally, all these things impacts the whole book heavily by suggesting that world war two was just unjust and that the Germans were discriminating towards Jews. Jews were mainly picked on for no reason and should not have been treated in such a horrific way. In the end we are all the same, all people. The author said these things very cleverly which were very effective. All in all these things were very emotional and depressing.
By Anand Virdi