Discrimination happens all around the world. These novels, To Kill a Mocking bird by Harper Lee and The Boy in the striped Pajamas by John Boyne are similar in context because they both discuss the discrimination between majority and minority. Both novels are excellent examples of prejudice in our history.
In To Kill a Mockingbird the discrimination is towards many characters including the Radley family due to fear of the unknown. “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom. [...]Once the town was terrorized by a series of morbid nocturnal events [...] although the culprit was Crazy Addie, who eventually drowned himself in Barker’s Eddy, people still looked at the Radley Place, ...view middle of the document...
Tom is an African Americano man who is accused of raping a girl, and is eventually shot and killed because of his race .
Similarly, Jewish men in the concentration camps are the innocent people killed in The Boy in the Striped Pajama. “And then the room goes very dark and somehow, despite the chaos that follows, Bruno finds that he is still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would persuade him to let it go” (Boyne 213). The Jewish men are lead toboiler rooms to die because of their religion.
In both novels innocent men are killed solely because of the fact they are minorities. In To Kill a Mockingbird it is Tom Robinson that is dies and in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas it is many Jewish men that are killed.
In To Kill a Mockingbird there is segregation between races. African American townsfolk are not permitted to sit in the same area as the White townsfolk.. “The coloured balcony ran along three walls of the courtroom like a second-story veranda, and from it we could see everything” (Lee 175). The white people believe that African Americans should not sit amongst White people
The Jewish men in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas are segregated from the Germans. They are put into concentration camps to keep them away from the Germans. “To begin with, they weren’t children at all. Not all of them, at least. There were small boys and big boys, fathers and grandfathers. [...] There was a huge wire fence that ran along the length of the house and turned in at the top, extending further along in either direction, further than she could possibly see....