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Change The Boy In The Striped Pajamas + To Kill A Mockingbird

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Change is both a vital and inevitable part of our lives, and has a powerful effect on people, their perspectives, and the world around them. Through their experiences, many characters in texts such as Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, and the film, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, directed by Mark Herman, undergo various changes and transformations, not only physically, emotionally and intellectually, but also in their understanding and perspectives of the world around them. Studying texts such as these provides the audience with valuable insight into the aspects of changing worlds, perspectives, relationships and selves, which they are then able to relate to their own lives.
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Similarly, in Mark Herman’s Pyjamas, Bruno’s mother, Elsa, undergoes a personal transformation as she changes her views of the treatment of Jews, no longer allowing herself to be influenced by her husband and the rest of society. Her world starts off small and oblicvious, as she fears that even observing the injustice of the situation would implicate her husband, which later results in a change in the relationship between the couple. However, as the film progresses, she is forced to seriously question the horrific and discriminatory activities occurring inside the concentration camp, the first time being when she realises the nature of the camp itself, “they smell even worse when they burn, don’t they?” This rhetorical question is extremely confronting to both Elsa and the audience, compelling both to examine the moral injustice of the Holocaust. This is highlighted through film techniques in the scene, primarily the use of zooming and changing camera shots between Elsa’s and Lt. Kotler’s faces, and the smoke from the chimney, which work to connect the unjust events transpiring around her.
Certain experiences and events allow characters to formulate new, more informed opinions of others, consequently altering existing relationships. This is evident in both Mockingbird and Pyjamas, where the audience is able to gain valuable insights into their effect on characters’ relationships, and as a result, apply this understanding to their own lives and relationships. In Pyjamas, Elsa confronts her husband about the mass execution of Jews in the nearby camp, which acts as a primary tipping point in their relationship, marking the disintegration of the family as a whole. She now regards her husband as a cruel monster, as shown when she exclaims, “Get away from me! Get away from me!” The repetition acts to express her fear and revulsion of her husband and his involvement in the camp, drastically dissimilar from their image as a blissful couple presented at the start of the film. A POV shot is also utilized in this scene to demonstrate the collapse of Bruno’s parents’ relationship through his eyes, as well as the change in family dynamic due to changing worlds.

In Mockingbird, Jem demonstrates the influence of events and experiences on changing selves and relationships, especially between Scout and Himself. “Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody… This change in Jem had come about in a matter of weeks.” Lee uses short sentences to emphasise Scout’s concern and despair over her collapsing relationship with her brother, primarily caused by Jem’s emotional response to...

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