“More than anything else, belonging is about finding a sense of our own place in the world”
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows. - John Betjeman. This perception is evident in “The Boy in the stripped pyjamas” By Mark Herman. This metaphorical quote, as well as finding a sense of place in the world in which one belongs, is explored through the eyes of Bruno, an innocent eight-year-old living in pre-war Germany. We witness a forbidden friendship between Bruno and a Jewish boy, Shmuel. Though a barbed wire fence separates them physically as their lives become inevitably intertwined.
“The Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas” reveals how belonging can enrich one’s interactions with people, places and communities. This would subsequently portray how acceptance and understanding may be obtained through the enrichment of belonging. The character of Bruno has been establish to enable the viewer to view what is happening through the eyes on an eight-year-old whom through his innocence is confronting a different approach towards belonging.
Bruno shifts from his home at Berlin, a place of security where he as developed a strong connection towards it. His sense of connection is due to his three friends; here a parallel montage is used to show two events; Bruno playing with his friends and things getting removed from the house. Hence Bruno’s life alters as he leaves his warm and loving neighbourhood, where he belongings and establishes his sense of place in the world to the countryside, a house in the middle of nowhere, that is cold and not like home. As children are resistant to change at first, Bruno’s attitude to where he moves is negative; this is shown through the repetition of “I want to go home”. A close up is also used as he sits on the stairs, with the bars of the stairs in front of him; this is symbolic as it represents a barrier of disconnection from Bruno belonging to his new home. Although he is told,...
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