The Boy In The Striped Pajamas Literary Analysis

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“Life’s Greatest Illusion”
(A Critique of “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” Using Aristotle’s “Poetics”)
“What is life’s greatest illusion?” Is a question asked in a very popular video game called “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” The answer to the question given is “Innocence….” It invokes a powerful idea of whether or not innocence exists. The movie “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” follows the story of a young boy named Bruno living in Nazi Germany. His father is an officer in the SS and Bruno’s family is moved to an extermination camp for his father’s work. As you can imagine there is little for a child to do at such a wretched place and eventually Bruno decides to explore a little, even though it was forbidden by his father. He comes across
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Bruno never commits any horrific sins throughout his life yet, his innocence ends up causing his death regardless. It is his ignorance of the world and the terrors that are occurring in the extermination camp near his home that allow his tragic downfall to occur. If he would have been exposed to the foul activities that were happening so close to him; he would have avoiding ever going near the camp. However, he’s never tainted with the knowledge of what evils were going and in his noble attempt to find friendship, he …show more content…
A young boys ignorance of this horrible world results in his downfall and death. He sought nothing of evil only companionship yet, the world cares not. Additionally recognition fuels the climax. Bruno only recognizes what is happening after it 's far too late. His father is too late in recognition as well. Then, there is the catharsis driven by the fear of modern genocide and terrible events plaguing you because of ignorance of the evil of this world. The pity stems from the death of Bruno. The question becomes is life’s greatest illusion a blessing or a

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