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 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 Pajamas
JOURNAL by Nadia
I feel bad for Bruno. Clearly his parents are very secretive and don’t seem to want to go into detail about why they have to move. His questions are never answered properly and he just has to go with what little his parents tell him. He asks what kind of job his father will be doing at their new place and his mother avoids specifying and just puts it as, “a very important job.” His dad also seems very strict…
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a fictional movie about a German boy (Bruno) who is also the son of a Nazi commandant becoming friends with a Jewish inmate from a concentration camp. It all began when Bruno and his family had to move because of his fathers’ job. The new home was very different and quite an adjustment. To adjust to the new environment, Bruno wanted to explore. One day while adventuring, he comes across a fence. On the other side of the fence was the boy in the striped pajamas (Shmuel)…
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…
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…
The story The Boy in the Striped Pajamas became an emotional hit. A story about a nine year old German boy named Bruno, moves away from his house in Berlin to a house next to an Auschwitz concentration camp with his mother, father, sister named Gretel and their house maid named Maria. When arriving to the new house, Bruno decides to go exploring and finds a little Jewish boy named Shmuel which he promises to help find his father. This experience has made a major change on the young boy and his view…
reading was, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” which I first saw in my sophomore year of high school while studying the war. The movie is set during World War II, and the 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his age through the barbed-wire fence of the camp which separates them, and the boys begin a forbidden…
102/104 to partake in the Arts and Science Festival’s movie and speaker series “Death, Persecution and Hope.” We will watch the
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”.
Readings: Chapters 4, 10, and 12 in “A Boy in the Striped Pajamas”
Response Paper #7
• Question: What was beyond the fence in
Bruno’s backyard? What do we learn
about the people in the striped pajamas
when Bruno and Shmuel find each
• Please ask questions about the movie!
20,000,000 to 30,000,000
Between the two texts, we are presented with three main characters: Bruno, Shmuel (both from Bot in the Striped Pajamas), and Elie (from Night). These characters share some overarching similarities as well as many differences. By looking at their setting, physical attributes, and culture, I will demonstrate how three young people who all took part in the Holocaust can have completely different perspectives.
To begin, the characters come from a different location yet at one point they all end up…