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What is another important message in the novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?i...

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superjuniordo... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM via web

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What is another important message in the novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

i already have the desire of friendship and discrimination; I just need one more with evidence. Thank you in advance! 

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 30, 2012 at 1:53 PM (Answer #1)

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In the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, innocence is another important message.  The two boys are surrounded by opposite  circumstances.   Bruno is protected by his parents hoping to keep the horrors of the Holocaust and his father's role in it from his knowledge.  Shmuel is surrounded by the horrors of living in the Auschwitz camp and has seen many awful scenes.  It is the disappearance of Shmuel's father which leads to the death of both boys holding hands in their innocence.  The other important message is the idea of fences both literal and figurative.  The fence around the camp keeps Shmuel inside and Bruno outside in totally different worlds.  The choice to break down the literal fence and the figurative fence between them is a choice Bruno makes.  The other characters such as Bruno's father and mother have the same choice about breaking down barriers in their world and choose not to leading to their own personal heartbreak when their son is killed by their own system of killing people.


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