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What is the theme of the Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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October 17, 2011 12:55AM

The Holocaust

The themes are justice, The Holocaust and curiosity. Bruno is a curious boy and he is very naive, has very little understanding of the Holocaust. The book is looked apon from a child's view and everything seems confusing and unfair. Especially to Shmuel, because he doesn't see how Bruno can be complaining about where he lives. Bruno's new house seems like such a luxury compared to Auschwitz where he lives with thousands more. It is based on justice.

"Friendship can be found anywhere, no matter who you are and where you come from."

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One could also talk about how Bruno was able to find hope in his life despite his difficult circumstances. Also, one could discuss how innocent Bruno was.

he main themes of the novel include (but are certainly not limited to):

1. The innocence of childhood. Bruno and Shmuel share a great deal in common but perhaps what is most striking is the childhood innocence which characterizes both boys. Bruno is unaware that his father is a Nazi commandant and that his home is on ther periphery of Auschwitz. Shmuel, imprisoned in the camp, seems not to understand the severity of his situation. When his father goes missing, Shmuel does not understand that he has gone to the gas chamber.

There are several themes in the book but forbidden friendship is definitely the main one. also how brutal and cruel the war is and of Jewish people were treated with no respect.

Even the most horrific events can disappear through denial. Even though they lived doorsteps away from the stech of the burning flesh, they ignored the events that were happening around them.
he main themes of the novel include (but are certainly not limited to):

1. The innocence of childhood. Bruno and Shmuel share a great deal in common but perhaps what is most striking is the childhood innocence which characterizes both boys. Bruno is unaware that his father is a Nazi commandant and that his home is on ther periphery of Auschwitz. Shmuel, imprisoned in the camp, seems not to understand the severity of his situation. When his father goes missing, Shmuel does not understand that he has gone to the gas chamber.