Friendship is all around us all the time. Not only is friendship in the real world, it is also in a lot of literature. In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and “Chura and Marwe,” there are many examples of friendship.
In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno and Shmuel are friends in several ways. First, Bruno is kind. Bruno was kind because he brought food to Shmuel at the dreadful camps. Without Bruno, Shmuel might have died very quickly because of the scarce food that is served. This shows that Bruno always came back for Shmuel and never left him alone. Also, Bruno and Shmuel were inseparable. A piece of evidence that supports this is while Bruno and Shmuel were in the gas chamber it said, “Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.” This shows that nothing could ever stop them from being great friends. Finally, both boys were very caring towards one another. Every day Bruno was delighted to see his friend waiting for him, sitting cross-legged on the other side of the huge wired fence. Shmuel and Bruno were always there for each other. Even though Bruno and Shmuel were very different, they still found a way to be great friends.
Hannah was a friend in The Devil’s Arithmetic in several ways. First, she was brave at the concentration camp. She took Rivka’s place to get killed for not doing their work at the camp. Hannah said, “Run for your life, Rivka. Run for your future. Run, Run, Run.” She was afraid of what might happen to her, but because it was for a friend she stepped in. She was also helpful with her knowledge from the future. Hannah warned them by saying that six million Jews would die at the camps and to be careful. This made sure that everyone stayed on task because something could have happened at any time. Hannah was also kind throughout the book. She helped the little kids on the tough ride to the camps. She also offered her share of bread. She made sure everybody was doing well. Hannah was a friend to everybody in the book.
Chura and Marwe are friends in the story “Chura and Marwe.” Chura shows caring towards Marwe. When Marwe ran to try and jump in to the pool; Chura was calling after her trying to stop her. This shows that he cared for her and was loyal not to let her go. Also, Marwe was loyal. Marwe went to the Underworld because she drowned herself. Marwe missed Chura so she tried to get back from the Underworld. Marwe was loyal to get back and save the friendship. Chura was thoughtful towards Marwe. When he heard she was back he went to find her. On page 125 Chura said, “Marwe is back from the Underworld and I’ll see her.” He was always thinking of her when she was gone. Chura and Marwe are friends in the book.
Friendship is shown everywhere you go! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and “Chura and Marwe” all contain powerful examples of friendship. Bruno and Shmuel are kind and caring. They also show that they are inseparable in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. In The Devil’s Arithmetic, Hannah shows that she is brave and helpful with her knowledge from the future. She was also kind to everybody around her. Chura and Marwe were caring, loyal and kind in “Chura and Marwe.” These books all had friendship in them, and there are many more still out there!