in the boy in the striped pyjamas what quote shows an individual doing an action or making a decision to please society? Please please help thank youi would really appreciate it if this question...

in the boy in the striped pyjamas what quote shows an individual doing an action or making a decision to please society? Please please help thank you

i would really appreciate it if this question could be answered asap, its important. i only need one quote but it really needs to show an individual doing an action or making a decision to please society. thank you

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Almost every person in this novel has been made to do something they did not want to do.  When Bruno talks to Maria about how unhappy he is to have moved to Out With, she tells him,

Bruno, if you have any sense at all, you will stay quiet and concentrate on your school work and do whatever your father tells you.  We must all just keep ourselves safe until this is all over. That's what I intend to do anyway.  What more can we do than that after all?  It's not up to us to change things."  (pg 65)

Bruno's father has taken a job that moves them to Poland.  His wife is unhappy, and his children are unhappy. But he explains to Bruno,

"Bruno, sometimes there are things we need to do in life that we don't have a choice in..... And I'm afraid this is one of them.  This is my work, important work.  Important to our country.  Important to the Fury. You'll understand that some day."  (pg 48)

Mother wants to return to Berlin.  She knows what father's job entails, and it sickens her. She is drinking more and taking more naps.  She finally asks Father to send them back to Berlin.  Father replies,

"What would people think....if I permit you and the children to return to Berlin without me?  They will ask questions about my commitment to my work here." (pg 187)

When Shmuel is telling Bruno what happened to his household and his family, he says,

"I came home from school and my mother was making armbands for us from a special cloth and drawing a star on each one..... every time we left the house, we had to wear one of the armbands." (pg 127)

The pages I have given are from my edition of the book.  They may vary in your edition, but you will find them in the general area.

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