in the opening scene of the flim, boy in striped pajamas,boys are running happily through an upper class area of berlin.they run past a group of jews carrying their meager belongings bearing herded...

in the opening scene of the flim, boy in striped pajamas,boys are running happily through an upper class area of berlin.they run past a group of jews carrying their meager belongings bearing herded into a truck. what irony can be found in this scene? 

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Irony can be defined as the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning; however, that is not at all what is happening in the opening scene of "The Boy with Striped Pajamas."  

The opening scene is more akin to dramatic irony.  Dramatic irony is when the audience is aware of something that the characters in the book, movie, video game, and/or story are not aware of.  A common example of this is Romeo and Juliet.  At the end of the play, the audience knows that Juliet is not dead, but Romeo does not know that, which in turn causes him to kill himself out of grief or sorrow.  

The irony of Bruno running past the Jews without a care in the world is ironic, because later in the story Bruno puts on the same prisoner clothing of the Jews and ends up being treated like a Jew and put to death with them for his ignorance of what was really happening. 

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iamkaori | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Salutatorian

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There are a few interpretations of irony from the opening scene.

One of them is how Bruno (the main character) ignores what is happening to these Jews, and does not seem to care at all about their deportation. Later, he will suffer the same fate as those that he ignored.

The second irony is in a bigger mindset, that the Germans will suffer the same fate as the Jewish cultural destruction after their defeat in the 2nd World War by the Allies.

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