The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
1) The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a very emotional book that shows the life and friendship of two boys. One is a Jew, Schmuel, in a Nazi concentration camp during World War 2 and the other is the son of the newly appointed Kommendant of Auschwitz concentration camp, Bruno. Some of the themes covered in the book are Bruno being bombarded with propaganda and his family breaking down throughout the course of the book. This book also shows how little the Germans understood about what was happening during the war. The writer has chosen to show Bruno trying to be brainwashed by propaganda because he is trying to show that during the war the Nazi’s believed that propaganda was a vital tool in achieving their goals. The Nazi’s decided to brainwash the civilians with propaganda because Hitler was impressed by the power of Allied propaganda during World War I and believed that it had been a primary cause of the collapse of confidence and triggered the revolts in the home front. 2) The target audience would have to be from the ages 13+ because this book requires the reader to piece together some parts of the book which require some knowledge about World War 2. This book requires the reader to have some understanding of what happened during World War 2 and they may need to know a little about what happened inside the concentration camps. This book also might frighten younger children because it tells you a little bit about what happened to the Jews and what they had to endure. 3) This historical even makes me feel unhappy because it showed me the scale of the amount that the Jews were killed in. It also shows the living conditions and the cruelty that they must put up with. This book show you how the Jews were starved for weeks and then without a second thought they would be gassed and then burned and the Nazi’s managed to do this as if it was second nature. In this book we are shown how the Nazi’s do not even believe the Jews...
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