World War II Extra Credit Movie Assignment:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is set during World War II in a Nazi commandant and soldier home, a couple miles outside a Jewish concentration camp. The main character, Bruno, is an eight year-old German boy who is the son of the new commandant at the concentration camp. The story starts as Bruno and his family are moving out of Berlin since his father was offered a promotion as a commandant. Bruno is just told that they are moving to the countryside. Once they arrive at this new home, Bruno is very bored and misses Berlin. He has no one to play with and is very restricted on what he can do. His father swore to an oath to not speak of why he is there and what is beyond the gates of the home. So Bruno’s father says nothing to his son, or anyone else in his family, leaving everyone rather blindsided.
Granted, Bruno being a young eight year-old boy he is hardly affected by this. He just wants to find someway to entertain himself while in the somewhat temporary home. He builds himself a swing, plays checkers with himself, and basically does anything he can to keep himself occupied. While in the shed getting a tire for his swing, he finds a window that leads into the woods. He is curious of this “farm” that he had seen outside his bedroom window the day he arrived and one day sneaks out the window to go find out what that farm really is. He approaches a barb-wired fence with a young boy dressed in striped pajamas sitting on the opposite side. Bruno had seen these striped pajamas before as one of the men in the house whom helped him find the tire was wearing them before. Bruno’s parents had told him many things about these people in striped pajamas, but being a young child, Bruno refuses to find importance in his parents’ words. Bruno eventually develops a friendship with this Jew his own age named Shmuel. Throughout the movie, this friendship leads into many unexpected,...
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