Pathetic Fallacy In Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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Human nature needs a canvas to work on, as a painter needs a canvas for his art, and this is where symbol, foreshadowing, and pathetic fallacy come into play. With humans, their inept nature becomes the the only trait prevalent throughout their lives. This inept human nature drives mankind’s actions whether they are voluntary or involuntary. In the novel Night by Elie Wiesel, and “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne, motion picture by Mark Hayman, human nature drives the characters to their fullest whether it be for means of survival, or helping a friend. Human nature is the only thing that all characters share in common between the two stories.
Human nature is portrayed by both the acts of people and the objects that surround them
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The two works use pathetic fallacy to convey the traits and nature of characters in situation where words cannot. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, pathetic fallacy is used through rain and storm to show the corrupt, disturbing, and ironic events that were to take place in Bruno’s family and life. Pathetic fallacy is most notably used to show the pain and distraught that Bruno’s family goes through once they realize there son is dead. The storm and rain pouring down from overhead once Bruno’s death are imminent represent the haste and pain experienced by his family when they try to save their son but realize they cant. This is significant because haste and pain are traits of human nature that everyone is born with, and that they will carry their whole life. Even though Night is a true story, pathetic fallacy is able to creep its ways into it. In Night, pathetic fallacy is used to show human nature through the words of Ellie commenting on the weather. Elie’s journey from Birkenau, to Auschwitz, to Buna takes place over three weeks, a dismal amount of time. Upon arrival, Ellie notes “It was a beautiful day in May. The fragrances of spring were in the air the sun was setting” (40, Wiesel). This description of a “beautiful day in May” shows the complete opposite of what is actually happening to Elie. Even after completely dehumanizing the physical aspects of ELie, the Germans are not able to take away the hope that derives from his human nature, which is expressed through pathetic

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