The Boy In The Striped Pajamas And Night Comparison Essay

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The book, Night, by Elie Wiesel and the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, demonstrates two completely different perspectives towards the Holocaust. Night, a nonfiction memoir, depicted the life and feelings of a young boy who was forced to endure the harshness and depression of a life in a death camp. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a heartbreaking movie, based on a fictional novel, shares the inimaginable friendship of a Nazi soldier's son, Bruno, with an imprisoned Jewish boy, Shmuel. Together, they risk their lives to save the young Jew's father. Both stories share the same main topic, the Holocaust during World War II. However, the way they are represented and explained is distinct. The main difference being that while one story is …show more content…
The author's choice of using more depressing words, gave the story a much more harsher tone and mood. "And so he remained for more than half an hour, lingering between life and death, writhing before our eyes. And we were forced to look at him at close range. His tongue was still red, his eyes not yet extinguished. That night, the soup tasted of corpses." This quote utilizes words like lingering, death, writhing, extinguished and corpses, along with others, to portray a depressing mood to the occurrence. The use of tone, mood and senses makes the reader feel empathy towards Elie, as well as a bit of regret for not being capable of doing anything to help him deal with the situation. Meanwhile, watching The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, although hard, wasn't impossible, because of the lack of scenes that resembled the real life at the camp. It is mostly a story of a family, therefore, portraying the reality of the camp isn't the main focus. However, the scene of the protagonists deaths was particularly difficult, because it included a strong representation of the senses, allowing intense emotions to appear. As a result of what the audience saw, it is very easily to grow even more attached to the characters, while feeling compassion …show more content…
However, it is evident that when told first handedly, it becomes a better and more valuable source, since there's an abundance of details and real feelings, that helps the audience to understand the event more clearly. In Night, the concentration camps are meticulously explained, guiding the reader through what happens once a Jew enters those death factories. “Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky. Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.” This is one of the most compelling quotes from the book, because it begins to show the changes in Elie's mind. His world has been turned upside down, altering his once unquestionable faith in God. From that point on, he knew he had to fight, if he had any interest in making it out alive. Unlike Night, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas doesn't legitimately teach the audience about the lives of the prisoners of the death camps. There are times during the movie, where the director included some specific scenes as examples, although nothing substantial enough, to be capable of representing the whole context and reality of the camps. Similarly, the memoir and the film both illustrate the camps as a place of death and tragedy, where there is

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