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overall after reading this novel i was trying to determine the overall central theme of...

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mturcotte1007 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:34 PM via web

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overall after reading this novel i was trying to determine the overall central theme of this book and i got stuck, anyone willing to help?

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:05 AM (Answer #1)

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There are a few themes that you can explore but the main one of the novel is the innocence of childhood. Burno and Shmuel are both very young and do not really understand what is going on around them. They are completely innocent: Shmuel believing that his father is coming back and Bruno having no idea that his father is a Nazi commander and running a concentration camp in Auschwitz. Schmuel does not understand how critical his situation is not understanding that his life is on the brink of death. Neither child really understands that there is a war going on around them and that their innocence is about to be destroyed. 

 

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