Essay on The Novel ' The Boy 's The Striped Pyjamas '

1134 Words Aug 28th, 2016 5 Pages
The memoir First they Killed my Father voices the thoughts of a five-year-old Cambodian girl who endures a life of war. The novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, explores the two sides, both victim and oppressor, both Jew and German through the eyes of two children, Shmuel and Bruno. Both texts are written but with the intention to be spoken of, and to spread the powerful message they contain. First they Killed my Father is the autobiography of the conscious Loung Ung and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a fiction novel based on the history of World War II. The following compares the two texts by scrutinizing the themes of survival and inequality, purpose and characters in both texts.
In the world, there exists people who are aware and people who are oblivious to their surroundings. Naivety can be developed due to a lack of exposure to the reality of the outside world, being restricted to the pleasant things of life and the cocoon of home. The characters Loung and Bruno are stark opposites of each other; while Bruno is protected by his innocence, Loung’s situation has caused her to come out of her shell of ignorance. This is revealed through her language, “I cannot think of Pa being hurt this way… I need to believe Pa was killed quickly.” When Loung’s father is taken away by the soldiers to allegedly return in a few days, she deciphers her father’s fate despite her hope for the otherwise. Bruno’s unawareness is demonstrated when he fails to comprehend his family’s dislike…

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