the Boy in the Striped Pajamas Essay (goodcopy) Dec. 14, 2013
In the story The Boy in The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, there are many consequences when society allows persecution of others. Some of those consequences are that children (Gretel and Bruno) learn plenty of bad morals, the fact that some people live large while others poorly, and that many people are separated from their families. This will explain more in-depth about each consequence.
In the story Bruno and Gretel learn many bad morals from both Lt. Kotler and Father and Mother. When Pavel (Family waiter) accidentally spilled wine on Lt. Kotler, (Boyne 148) Lt. Kotler grew very angry with Pavel.“What happened next was both unexpected and unpleasant “(Boyne 148)”He (Bruno) remembered how kind Pavel had been to him on the afternoon he made the swing”(Boyne 148). This shows that Pavel was injured by Kotler and most likely killed as he was never heard again in the story. These actions teach Bruno and Gretel that this could be punishment to anyone who messes with the Soldiers and that they should keep their mouth shut (Boyne 149). Earlier in the novel, Lt. Kotler displayed more actions by using racist terms (Verbal abuse) ordering Pavel to complete a task. “’Hey you!’ he shouted, adding a word that Bruno did not understand. ‘Come over here you….’ He said the word again” (Boyne 74-76) is an example of what Bruno and Gretel witnessed. This shows that Pavel is verbally abused by Kotler. Teaching Bruno and Gretel what Kotler is doing will make the children believe what the soldiers are doing is right and it will soon create a bad name for the country.
There are also many people in the story that live large (in Luxury) while others live poorly (in Poverty). Bruno is too young to understand when he talks to Shmuel but he lives in luxury while Shmuel in Poverty (Boyne 126-133). Bruno explains that he had a massive house in Berlin that had 5 floors (Boyne 113), maids and waiters, and a lot of antique stuff before he was told by his Mother and Father they had to move to Out-With to a smaller house with only 3 floors(Boyne 12). Shmuel used to live in a flat above a watch shop with his family until the soldiers rounded them up and took them...