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Explain fear in the novel The Boy in The Striped Pajamas.

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The Boy in The Striped Pajamas is a stark reminder how circumstances affect innocent victims, often with tragic consequences. It also highlights the differences, but moreover the similarities, between the boys,Bruno and Shmuel. Despite being, literally, on opposite sides of the "fence," and having a completely different concept of real fear, ironically, they are affected by the same things even sharing a birthday. The striking differerence in their circumstances will ultimately mean nothing as they meet the same fate. 

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