Analysis Of ' The Boy 's Greatest Illusion ' Essay

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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 another young boy within the concentration camp named Schmuel wearing striped clothing that Bruno finds rather odd. The boys form a secret friendship and eventually Bruno sneaks into the camp to play with his friend. However, the boys are gathered by SS with a number of others in the camp and sent to the gas chambers. Neither boy has any clue as to what is about to occur, alas the doors close and everyone in the room is killed. A definition for Innocence as given by Merriam Webster is “lack of experience with the world and with the bad things that happen in life”, clearly Bruno could not have known what he was doing could cause such drastic consequences. Three important elements of tragedy found within “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” are…

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