Dear John Boyne,
Though The Boy in the Striped Pajamas takes place in the past, it made me think about the future. About what could happen if history would repeat itself. This book also led me to hopes for the future. I worried that some terrorist would appear, and start killing everyone with a religion different from theirs. Yet, I hoped that one day the world would be at peace. That there would be no wars, no disputes, and not even fighting between our brothers and sisters.
I felt many scary feelings when I read this book. I felt miserable for what the world became; brokenhearted for Bruno, Shmuel, and all the Jews; furious towards the Nazis' and Hitler; and fearful for the future. I didn't know what to make of these feelings. If they were good or bad, or what I should do with them. Then one day realized that in order for history of the earth not to repeat itself we, the citizens of the earth, would have to learn from our mistakes and choose not to repeat them.
Today, I have chosen not to make the same mistakes by learning from my mistakes, and reading and learning from the world's past mistakes. I also try to make peace between everyone who might be fighting. Yet I see people in my school who make fun of kids and aren't nice to anyone. I wonder if Hitler grew up like that. I also see the kids in school who get made fun and have almost no friends, and then I wonder if Hitler grew up like that. Whether he was seeking power by killing people, or if he was mad at the world so he came up with an excuse so he could kill people doesn’t matter. The real problem through my eyes is that no one stands up for the people being made fun of, and no one stands up to the bully. If we were emotionally strong enough people to do that, then maybe these middle and high school years wouldn't be so hard; whether your the bully, kid being bullied, or the person standing on the side line doing nothing. My goal is to jump in and help the kid being bullied, or even tell the bully what they are doing is wrong and unkind. I wish others would do the same.
This book changed my view of the world. I used to think I should just go through life, trying to make the most of it. This book taught me that I need to constantly learn about what is going on and changing around me, along with making the most of my life and helping others do the same. By doing that I won't make decisions that will lead me down the wrong path, or even kill me; like how Bruno was gassed.
I grew close to Bruno in this book, but felt a little lonely when he was gone. I don't need to tell you that he was an adventurous and curious little boy. What you need to know is that Bruno showed me how to forget my fears. After he died, though, I realized I still have to make wise choices in my new adventurous personality.