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The Boy In The Striped Payjamas

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John Boyne’s “The boy in The Striped Payjamas” narrates the story of a German family during horrifying period of the Holocaust. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas setting is during World War II in Germany and the main character is a young boy named Bruno. His father was a commandant during the Nazi-Germany period. Bruno's life is flipped around when they move to what he supposes is called 'Out With' which we later discover is Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland. The greater part of this misery closes when he meets another companion, a prohibited companion, Shmuel, who lives on the other side of the wall. The book, which was actually written on 2006, shows how past political matters can ...view middle of the document...

During the time period, and the location a lot of events were happening that influenced the story.
Political disputes such as World War 2 and Nazism, influenced Boyne’s “The Boy in The Striped Pajamas”. During the period many political disputes such as World War 2, and Nazism influenced many authors to write about the current issue. And John Boyne’s “The Boy in The Striped Pajamas” was mainly influenced on the political disputes of the time. On one section of the book, Hitler visits Bruno’s home on a dinner. “Father: I'm a solider. Soldiers fight a war. Mother: That's not war! Father: It's a vital part of it!” The dialogue between Bruno’s parents mentions that Bruno’s father is a soldier, and that he is up to fight for Hitler. In response to the dialogue, Bruno says the following “Heil Hitler," he said, which, he presumed, was another way of saying, "Well, goodbye for now, have a pleasant afternoon” (Boyne, 54). According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary “The Nazi salute or Hitler salute was a gesture of greeting in Nazi Germany.” The meaning of Bruno’s words were sarcastic and somewhat ironic. Political disputes influenced the story because characters such as Bruno’s father and Hitler itself were termed as soldiers, and leaders we can recognize today.
Evidence: "Did you do something bad in work? I know that everyone says you're an important man and that the Fury has big things in mind for you, but he'd hardly send you to a place like this if you hadn't done something that he wanted to punish you for” (Boyne, 50).
Social clashes between the Jews and the Germans, the persecution against Jews, and concentration camps also influenced Boyne’s “The Boy in The Striped Pajamas”. The socials disputes between the Germans against the Jews population in Germany increased to a level were bodies were...

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