The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Movie Essay



The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

In class, we read the book,

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas 

. It wasabout the friendship of two young boys and how different their beliefs are.One of the boys is Jewish and the other has a father who works for AdolphHitler and the Nazis, but Bruno (the son of the Nazi Commandant) has noclue what a Jew is or what a Nazi is. But Shmuel know that he is Jewish andthat him and Bruno shouldn’t be playing with each other and that doesn’tinterfere with their friendship what so ever. Nine year- old Bruno is verylonely, and ignorant until he meets his new best friend for life; he is veryfriendly to this boy that wears striped pajamas all day but still has manycommonalities.Bruno had to move with his family to a place he thinks is named Out-With but is really pronounced Auschwitz, because of father’s promotion andhis job is very important. When he left his lovely house in Berlin, he also hadto leave his grandmother and grandfather along with his three best friendsfor life, Karl, Daniel, and Martine. Bruno and his family left their friends andfamily for a place with horrid scenery outside your bedroom window. Theview you get is of a fence and on the other side; there are badly treatedpeople. Another down about this new house is that there are soldiers andlieutenants walking in and out of your house as if they owned the place. Theworst part about the house for Bruno and his sister was that there weren’tany other boys and girls their age that were on their side of the fence.Bruno was stuck with his sister, Grettle, the hopeless case, all day. That wasuntil he decided to go exploring one day and as soon as he was going to call it

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Friendship is not something that has adapted overtime. The desire to seek out and surround us with other human beings, our friends, is in our nature. Philosophers such as Aristotle infer that friendship is a kind of virtue, or implies virtue, and is necessary for living. Nobody would ever choose to live without friends even if we had all the other good things. The relationship between two very different young boys, Bruno and Shmuel’s in the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is an example of the everlasting bond of a perfect friendship based upon the goodness of each other. This film portrays one of humanity’s greatest modern tragedies, through heartache and transgression, reflecting various themes through out the movie. Beyond the minor…show more content…

With little left after Bruno and his family are forced to leave their comfortable life in Brelin and move to the countryside due to the promotion of his soldier-father, the adventurous boy becomes anxious and curious to explore his new surroundings (Herman, 2009). Even after being scolded on multiple occasions for wandering too far, Bruno finds himself meeting another eight-year-old boy. But this was not just any other friend, this boy was trapped in by an electric barbed wired fence, his head shaved completely and was dressed in what looked to be striped pajamas, according to Bruno. Shmuel was a Jewish boy, trapped in a camp specifically ran by Bruno’s father. After multiple trips and days of playing and talking, the two children become friends, and not long after did Bruno begin to understand the severity of Shmuel’s circumstances. Bruno begins to question the righteousness of his Commandant-father, resulting in consequences due to the “forbidden” friendship, not just for the two boys but also for their families.
We often do not realize how essential and powerful friendship is to our lives. Aristotle claims that no individual would chose to live without friends even if the individual had all the other good things in life. He found that friendship is a virtue that is needed and desired by humans in order to reach a peaceful state of mind (Aristotle, 1999). For

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