This family was tossed forcefully, some willing and some not, from a beautiful and care-free environment, into a new one that did not feel, or could ever feel, like the home they were used to. The atmosphere of their new location was bland, and close-quartered. At the beginning of the film, Bruno had the ability to freely play with his friends out in the public streets, like a normal kid. But when the family relocated for his fathers promotion, the farthest he was allowed to wander off to was the parameter of the house, which was inside the gates being protected by watchmen. Imagine going from a beautifully scenic home, to a strictly-monitored home that did not believe in the importance of aesthetics, and was constantly being bombarded by soldiers. Bruno was the main character and his main characteristic was having explorer's blood - he didn't play by his parents' rules, or anyone’s rules for that matter; he was curious. You can't expect a child of his age to move into that type of environment and not expect an explanation of some sort as to why he is being limited. He took matters into his own hands throughout the whole film, which landed him into trouble. You can't stop a curious child with a passion for exploring. Psychologically, the family had split opinions at first: the father and Gretel were happy in their new home, whereas the wife and Bruno were not sold on their new arrangements. The wife put up with it to keep her husband happy, but Bruno was very direct about his feelings of loneliness and confusion. Gretel, on the other hand, soon after moving, had been brainwashed by her tutor into thinking the Jews were the enemy (the son did not listen to the tutor, so he had no recollection of anything), but none of them knew the extent of lies they were being told by their husband/father. Upon finding out what her husband was really engaging in, the psychological elements and emotion of this story climaxed intensely. The scene that brought awareness of the truth was the mother/wife conversing with the young officer outside of the car. The comment made by him after smelling the bodies of the Jews, and seeing the smoke in the distance, alarmed the wife/mother which brought panic, betrayal, and depression upon her for the rest of the film. She then realized what the “farm” was being used for. The whole situation grew more and more sickening to her, until she finally realized that she and her kids deserved to be in a better environment, away from such a disgusting, shameful place. Her husband allowed them to…
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
For term two, I chose to read “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne. I
picked this book because this summer I visited some death camps in Germany and I
was shocked by some of the things I saw while I was there. I wanted to see the war
through someone’s eyes who was not jewish and see how they lived during that time
period in Europe.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a story about two kids who become the most…
Night by Elie Wiesel and the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas show two extremely
interesting perspectives towards the Holocaust. Night was a nonfiction novel written by a
Jewish boy who was in an actual concentration camp. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was a
movie based off of a fiction novel written by John Boyne that tells the story of a Nazi soldier’s
son named Bruno that befriends a Jewish boy he meets at a nearby concentration camp.
Within the two stories, there were differences in perspective…
he is defending in court. After her first contact with racial prejudice, she questions herself if she should shift from her conscience because what everyone around thinks, “I faced Cecil Jacobs in the schoolyard next day: ‘You gonna take that back boy?’” (p.76) but soon after, she backs away from the fight once she remembers Atticus. This is the first time Scout has ever walked away from a fight and gets called a coward. One day Calpurnia takes Scout and Jem to First Purchase, a black church on the…
given the proper burial they deserved. This example then relates back to the relationship between men and war.
1. What types of relationships are shown in your related text?
There are multiple types of relationships shown in the boy in the striped pyjamas but I have chosen to explain the relationship between a brother and sister, which is Bruno and Gretel and the relationship between two friends, Bruno and Schmuel. Bruno and Gretel do not have a strong relationship. They fought a lot…
Identify and define a contemporary law reform issue: Alcohol and violence has been a large issue in Australia, the government has only just decided to put a stop to the violence due to alcohol in Australia. Contemporary law reform issues being put in place include: 1:30am lockouts in pubs, clubs and bars, last drinks to be served at 3 am, precinct banning orders to remove troublemakers, risk based licensing scheme, freeze on granting new license, eight year sentencing for alcohol related king hit…
The Boy In Striped Pajamas: A Movie Analysis
The film is an emotional experience highlighting the tragedy of innocence, using the point of view of an eight-year-old German boy to expose the raw psychological devastation of the era. It's an unnerving film with a knockout punch for an ending, but it feels more acceptable as an educational piece than a profoundly rewarding work of drama.
This movie is based on a book that goes by the same name, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, written by John Boyne…
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and the film Life is Beautiful.”
The Holocaust was a distressing time in history and is not a story everyone can absorb. Both the book, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas written by John Boyne and the film, Life is Beautiful, directed by Robert Benigni, are based upon the real life events of the Holocaust but with a difference. They made clever use of different techniques to dim and censor the reality of the events and interpret it in a more tolerable way. The Boy in the…
Narrative Techniques in
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a novel by John Boyne. This novel is set during World War 2 and explores themes such as prejudice, racism, war, innocence and friendship. What sets it apart from other novels is that it uses a third person limited point of view, and mostly depicts events as they are seen by a young and naïve boy. This was one of the main narrative conventions that engaged me in this novel.
The point of view is the most…
The Boy and His Family Relationships
In a sort of short story style, Marie Howe illustrates a depleting family relationship between a father and his children in the poem, “The Boy,” through its many symbols. With no discernible rhyme scheme, the plot develops, climaxes, and concludes alluding to a short story but in poetic form. The speaker, discovered through clues within the poem, is the younger sister of the boy and she is listening and learning from the examples set by her brothers. There is…
Phrases | 10 |
Reflection | 11 |
Film review | 12 |
Interview | 14 |
Song interpretation | 16 |
Peer assessment | 18 |
Vocabulary | 20 |
Self evaluation | 22 |
This portfolio documents my dealing with the book “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, written by John Boyne, and the corresponding film, which was released in 2008. The reason I chose this particular material is the following:
I saw the film before reading the book, which, as I see it, is not the right way to do…