Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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Title- Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Author- John Boyne
Text Type- Novel
Date- 13 February 2013
One of the main ideas in the novel, Boy in the Striped Pyjamas written by John Boyne isreligion discrimination. This is conveyed through the use of historical events, the story takes place in the early 1940’s, in a Nazi Germany. The novel is written through the perspective of Bruno, a nine year old boy whose father is a Commandment as a part of the Nazis. Throughout the book Bruno loses much of his childhood innocence and begins to question the goings on and discrimination around him. This message is provocative because many societies still discriminate against different religions. It challenges me to think about how in New Zealand our society may not be perfect without any religion discrimination, but in comparison we are at peace. If I was in the same situation as Bruno, I think I would be more questioning of my father and what was going on all around me. The main techniques used to convey this idea to good effect in this text were characterization, the use of contrast and language features. I believe this idea reminds the reader that we are very privileged in our society to not be going through such horrors. After reading this text I have to ask myself the question, Can I change people’s ideas? Or decide for myself what is right and what is wrong? When Bruno’s father and tutor are telling how Jews weren’t people, and didn’t mean anything “Those people… well, there are not people at all, Bruno”. Still Bruno befriends a Jewish boy named Shmuel and came up with his own assumptions. Bruno, throughout the novel did not lose his sense of equality. Would I be brave enough to do this if I was in the same situation? If in real life I was faced with the same situation, I would not let someone else’s opinions over-ride my own. One of the outstanding features in this text was the use of characterization. Having the novel told through the mind of Bruno, a nine year old, was...
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