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Analysis of the Movie "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas"

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Introduction

´╗┐The film ?The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas? is a good method of teaching young children about the horrors of the Holocaust. The author (John Boyle) goes into detail about it, but within a young child?s comprehension. He also does put it, in perspective of a young child of which it is aimed at, something that will capture a young child?s attention, but also educate them about this part of history. It tells the story of a ?forbidden friendship? and the idea of prejudice against a race of people (in this case the Jewish). It teaches young children from an early age not be prejudiced against other people because as we grow up in this generation, prejudice is increasing in the form of racism. But it is also important to note although the film is about the Jewish people, John Boyle puts it in a subtle manner as he doesn?t use the word Jew once in a prejudiced way. The music at the start gives us an idea of happiness and satisfaction for Bruno because he has a happy life in Berlin. ...read more.

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This demonstrates the unfairness and sheer heartlessness of the Nazis. The camera angle when Bruno falls down is good because we see it through his eyes. This is effective because we also see the concern on Pavel?s face, which helps us as the audience even more to recognise the big and forgiving heart of the Jews. This camera angle also creates urgency and fear. The image of the dolls all down ?dead? in the cellar is a haunting visual link to the camp, where the bodies are put in mass graves before the crematoriums were used. It also signifies the death of Gretel?s childhood. When Bruno runs through the forest to meet Schmuel we see the overgrown forest (a bit like ?Bruno?s playground?) which has bright colours. When he runs through his ?playground? a happy piece of music plays (like when he was playing with his friends back in Berlin) and this shows that he is not as happy as back then but is fairly happy meeting a friend. Then when Bruno emerges out of the forest we see the camp (which is like Schmuel?s playground) ...read more.

Conclusion

This foreshadows the terrible turn of events that are soon to come. The last scene is an appropriate ending to the film because it puts Bruno?s father into perspective into what the Jews feel after they have lost loved ones in the camp. The despair, hurt, mourning etc. When Bruno goes under the fence the storm is getting worse. This gives the audience a feeling of danger and that something bad is going to happen. Bruno is struck by the reality of the camp and how bad the conditions are (it is so different to what he sees on the film). The sounds of dogs barking, screams from inside the gas chambers and the shouting of orders from the soldiers. When Bruno and Schmuel are in the chamber they hold hands and that is the last we see of them in their united friendship. When it rains outside on the father, it shows that war affects all. At the very end we are left with the long shot of the gas chamber and the amount of pyjamas which are so central to the story. This lastly conveys the horror of the Nazis and their unbelievable cruelty to the Jews. ...read more.

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