The boy in the Striped Pajamas--Text Response

Topics: Jews, Auschwitz concentration camp, Judaism Pages: 2 (615 words) Published: October 14, 2014
 The boy in the Striped Pajamas--Text Response
It has been said before that ignorance is bliss.The film The boy in the Striped Pajamas does demonstrate that a lack of knowledge about what is true and ugly about the world would certainly make a person happier.The many characters in the film that are oblivious or unware of the incomprehensible truth happening around them enjoy life more than those who are aware of the complete truth.This essay will argue that what the main characters Bruno,Shumel and Mother(known as Elsa)do not know could not hurt them. Through the perspective of the eight-year-old Bruno,the film’s main character,’The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’demonstrate hoe innocence and ignorance can make life much happier.Bruno is oblivious to the atrocities of the war around him,even though his father holds the top job of NAZI commandment.This lack of knowledge does not only protects him,it is his only escape from an incomprehensible situation.For example,when he first meets Shumel a Jewish boy living in the concentration camp,Bruno shares his meals and play checkers with him.The scene could indeed be mistaken for a normal,enjoyable childhood event,if it wasn’t for the barbed-wire fence that separates them.Not realizing that Shumel was in fact living in a concentration camp,Bruno even remarks,”It’s not fair, me stuck over and you over there playing with all the other children.”They say that ignorance is bliss.In many cases a lack of knowledge about what is true and ugly about the world would certainly make us happier. Besides,Schumel is a innocence victim too. Fortunately he is unware for anything therefore when he dying out,he was not that painful.As a Jew, Shumel has to live in the concentration camp “out-with” (“Auschwitz”) with his Jewish father and brother.Later they was taken away to another camp for death,however little Shumel doesn’t know about that,he thought they were just missing and tried to find out.Actually Shumel has showed his...
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