What are two important passages in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? Please include page numbers and if you want explain why you chose them.
I don't have the book and I have to write some kind of book report about it.
The important passages I have chosen have to do with the Germans and what they thought at that time. When Bruno's new teacher arrives, he tells the boy that history and geography are the only subjects worth studying. Of course, Bruno likes reading and art. When Bruno tells his father he finds these subjects borning, his father replies,
"....it's history that got us here today. If it wasn't for history, none of us would be sitting around this table now. We'd be safely back at our table in our house in Berlin. We are correcting history here." (144)
This quote is important because it shows the frame of mind German soldiers had for their cause and how they justified their actions.
Another quote that is important is when Bruno asks his father about the people on the other side of the fence. His father tells him,
"Those people ....well... they're not people at all, Bruno....Well, at least not as we understand the term.... They're nothing to do with you. You have nothing whatsoever in common with them." (pg 53)
This is an important quote because it shows what the German soldiers thought of their Jewish captives.