Comparing the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Life Is Beautiful

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“Analyse, evaluate and compare the techniques used to dim the horror of the real life events discussed in the novel 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 Striped Pyjamas depicts the life of a young nine year old boy named Bruno who is the son of the Commandant of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Bruno, oblivious of what is really going on in the camp, goes out exploring near the camp one day and befriends a Jewish boy named Shmuel. Despite their differences, the two create a close, special bond with each other. The film, Life is Beautiful takes a more comedic, light-hearted look at The Holocaust. Set in Italy, Jewish father Guido is captured and taken to a concentration camp along with his wife, Dora and son, Joshua. While in the camp, Guido shields his son from the horrors of the reality of the camp by interpreting their situation into a game. Characterization, innocence and humour are some of the techniques the author and director made cunning use of to dim the horrors of the Holocaust. One of the techniques The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Life is Beautiful mutually share is characterization. In The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Boyne uses Bruno, an innocent nine year old boy to tell the story of his perspective of the Holocaust. As a child, Bruno hasn’t been fully exposed to the reality of the war going on. With this, Bruno doesn’t explicitly reveal the true horrors within the camp. Likewise in the characterization choice of Life is Beautiful. Guido is an optimistic, fun-loving character. Even when...