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What is an important quote from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne?

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Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM via web

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What is an important quote from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne?

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Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM (Answer #1)

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Deciding which quotes are the most important in any text proves to be difficult for some. The amazing thing about literature is that each reader defines what is important to him or her individually. John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas offers many wonderful quotes which can be defined as the most important. 

“Sitting around miserable all day won't make you any happier.”--This quote illustrates the importance in action. If one were to take no action, he or she will remain miserable.It is only when one takes action that he or she possesses the ability to change what is going on. 

Heil Hitler," he said, which, he presumed, was another way of saying, "Well, goodbye for now, have a pleasant afternoon.” -- This quote is important because it illustrates the idea that interpretations are up to individuals. It is ironic given that it refers to having a good day and Hitler. 

"We're meant to be enemies."--This quote is important because it shows the boys as not caring about what is expected. Instead, they base their actions off of what their own feelings. 

'Those people...well, they're not people at all, Bruno."-- This quote illustrates how the Germans "made" the Jewish people out to be inhuman (which, in turn, made it easier to hate them). 

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