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In the book The Painted Bird Jerzy Kosinski covers many topics of the human character. Some of the "human conditions" that Kosinski shows us in the book are lying, deceit, love, anger, prejudice, superstition. In the Painted Bird Kosinski mainly focuses on the three "human conditions" hate, prejudice (judgment), and love. He is clear in showing that humans sin a great deal, and feel hate, prejudice, and love.

The beginning of the book gives us an idea of how the boy will be treated throughout the story because of his race and how he is judged by others. One of the first adults we see the boy with when he is separated from his parents is Marta. Marta is a very old woman who seems to not care for the boy but fed him and took care of him while using him as her personal slave. The boy learns from Marta mainly what the Germans think of a child like him. On page 8, Marta tells the boy how he is a blasphemous Gypsy bastard, kin to the devil. Marta explains to the boy that gypsy eyes/witches' eyes could bring crippling illness, plague, or death. She told the boy she believed that he had...


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