Characteristics Of Morality In The Boy In Striped Pajamas

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Are certain kinds of people as bad as our family and society raised us to believe? What lengths must one go through in order to learn the truth? In The Boy in Striped Pajamas, the story is about Bruno, an adventurous and naïve eight year old German child living in Berlin in Nazi Germany. Since Bruno’s father, Ralf, received a promotion as the Commandant of a concentration camp, Bruno and his family were relocated to the countryside next to the camp for Ralf to oversee. Having left his friends behind in Berlin, Bruno despises his new home as he has no one his age to play with. Later, Bruno discovers what he believes to be a “farm” (the concentration camp) in the distance. Although Bruno’s parent forbade Bruno from getting close to the camp,…show more content…
For example, as a German soldier, Ralf prioritizes his work for the military over his own family which results in having little time to spend with Bruno. Gretel, Bruno’s sister, acts as the mature, yet ignorant, sibling in the family as she tosses aside her old toys and playful personality to a more serious mentality to support the Third Reich, showing the effects of German propaganda on its population to aim their hatred towards the non-German people and support the…show more content…
The spectacle and melody in the movie are the “pleasurable accessories of Tragedy” in that, despite their minor roles, they are two parts of the whole in a tragedy (72). The thought and diction behind a character’s lines or lack thereof carry messages of significance to carry out the plot and convey the morals behind its actions to the audience. The characters of a tragedy are defined by the actions they take and act as a medium to convey their moral purpose in the plot. Finally, the plot must flow from its beginning to its end with a unified, cohesive series of events while revealing peripeteia and discoveries as the tragedy draws closer to its conclusion. In the end, Bruno, a boy stuck in-between his family and their country’s beliefs and his friendship with Shmuel, the Jew Bruno was supposed to be brought up to hate, would eventually lead to his untimely death whilst not understanding the gravity of the situation surrounding Nazi Germany during the World

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