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The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

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English essay: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Question: How does the author use the child perspective in the opening chapter 10 of the novel to emphasise that all men are equal and that World War 2 was unjust?
The author uses the opening to explore the way we see things. The title is named “the dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy” this may be suggesting that the closer that you get to things the more your perspective changes. If you understand things without prejudice your views and thought will change. Furthermore the author creates a good picture in our mind as if you can imagine you are in Bruno’s shoes that in every step this “dot” became more and more visible to the human eye. This impacts the novel by describing the child like way Bruno see’s things. The author made Bruno have this childlike innocence to create the impression that the way children see things is much more different than the way an adult would describe the way he/she see things.
When Bruno and Shmuel meet each other they both talk about their background information and where they both are come from. Shmuel first asks where Bruno is from and Bruno replies berlin. Shmuel then says “where’s that”. Bruno is quite shocked that Shmuel has never heard of that place as if it’s extremely important country. Bruno then says “don’t you come from Germany?” Shmuel replies “no I'm from Poland.”   Bruno is confused as he has not heard of this country. The author makes both Bruno and Shmuel not know the different countries that thy originally came from. This represents their childlike innocence in not knowing other countries but their own. Bruno makes bias comments about Germany being the best. He quotes “we’re superior.” As a German in world war two he would think that they were the best country that Bruno overheard his farther stating. Bruno sees his dad as a good man and always will believe whatever he says which is again represented in his   childlike...


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