Transcript of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Novel Study -Jennifer
The Boy With The Striped Pajamas Chapter 1 "Bruno Makes a Discovery" What I can infer from the title of this chapter is that there is a boy named "Bruno", and he has found out something new and unexpected. What I can infer about the title of this book is that one of the characters is a boy, and that he wears striped pajamas and it is important to him. Questions "... he was surprised to find Maria, the family's maid- who always kept her head bowed and never looked up from the carpet- standing in his bedroom..." What this passage let us know about Maria, the family maid is that she does not really notice Bruno, rarely talks to him or never comes in his room. I assume this because in the passage, it says, "He was surprised to find Maria..." so I infer that they do not talk with each other often and she never comes in his room which is why he would be surprised that she is there. Also, what I know about Maria is that she is not that confident with Bruno or his family. I assume this because in the passage it says, "Who always kept her head bowed and never looked up..." so she wouldn't ever look up to the family and just get her work done. Summary The summary of Chapter 1 is about a boy named Bruno and he had a family that was rich. They had their own maid, about 5 floors, and their father had his own office. One day, Bruno walked into his room and his maid was packing up all of Bruno's things. Bruno questioned his mother and found out that his family and everyone else in the house was moving away because the father had an important job to do. Bruno was upset to not see his friends again but his mother didn't argue back. "What are you doing?" he asked in as a polite tone as he could muster, for although he wasn't happy to come home and find someone going through his possessions, his mother had always told him to treat Maria respectfully and not just imitate the way father spoke to her..." What this passage reveals about the mother is that she wants to treat Maria with respect and not act like how the father speaks to her. What this passage reveals about the father is that he speaks to Maria carelessly, harsh and does not care about her feelings. "...Because there were also so many visitors to the house- men in fantastic uniforms, women with typewriters that he had to keep his mucky hands off- and they were always very polite to father and told each other that he was a man to watch and that the Fury had big things in mind for him." What this passage allows the reader to infer about Father is that he likes the womens' typewriters, that come to his house. I inferred this because in the passage it says, "He had to keep his mucky hands off..." which means that he was not allowed to touch the typewriters but he would want to. Also, the visitors always treat Father with respect and that he may be attractive. I inferred this because in the passage it says, "...they were always very polite to father and told each other that he was a man to watch..." so from that, I can tell that Father is a charming man that no one had a problem with. Chapter 2 "The New House" What I can infer from the title of this chapter is that Bruno, his family, the maid and butler have arrived at the new house Mother was talking about to Bruno. Summary The summary of this chapter is that Bruno had seen the new house they had moved to and he does not like it because it is much smaller then his old house in Berlin, he felt lonely and empty with no people around the streets or the house. Desolate: What I think the word means in the sentence is that it means loneliness, barren and abandoned. Why I infer this because in the passage it says, "...there were no other boys to play with..." which means that there would be no one there. Presumed: What I think the word means in the sentence is that it means to judge before knowing. Why I infer this because when the passage says, "...he presumed had the same restrictions as the old one..." it could mean that he assumed that it would have the same restrictions, and that because he had not seen the office so he would not have known. ... they had no time to stop, not today, not when they had a hundred and one things to do... The hyperbole is "they had no time to stop" and the idiom is "not when they had a hundred and one things to do" "I think the best thing to do would be to forget all about this and just go back home. We can chalk it up to experience," he added. The hyperbole is "forget all about this" and the idiom is "We can chalk it up to experience," Chapter 3 "The Hopeless Case" What I can infer from the title of this chapter is that something has gone wrong with Bruno or his family that no one can do to fix it. Summary Chapter 3 is about Bruno and his sister Gretel try to make the best of the new house. Bruno is thinking that staying at the new house for a while is not such a bad idea because he was picked on for being short and small. But if he stays at the new house he can grow more and not be embarrassed. Also, Bruno and Gretel notice a couple boys wandering and passing their house. They want to know what they do or where they go. What point of views is used in "The Boy With the Striped Pajamas?" The point of views that are used in the novel is mainly Bruno's point. Although in the novel it does mention other members of the family as well. Who is telling the story? The third person narrator is telling the story. I know this because when the narrator is talking about a character, she/he does not use the word "I" or "my" but uses the words "he/she" or "their/his/hers" What are some things we have we already learned, that we may not have learned if another point of view were used? Some things that we have learned is that if the story was maybe focusing on Father's point of view are how mother does not like the way Father speaks to Maria, Bruno has talked and disagreed to Mother about the idea of the family moving away, Bruno does not feel comfortable with Gretel's friends, Bruno starts to not mind staying at the new house, what Bruno and Gretel had seen outside of their window, etc. If it were told from a different character's point of view, what are some things that we may know about that we don't know about now? If the story was from Father's point of view, we may know what Father and the other soldier's were talking about in his office, what Father does for his job, why the family has to move to Out-With, or if Mother and Father could be hiding something from Bruno and Gretel about the people in the same pajamas. Mood words or phrases: "they would report back to her on everything he did" Pg. 16, left side, line 5. See the full transcript
"disappointment" Pg. 16, left side, line 22.
"torture" Pg. 16, right side, line 7.
"I don't like it here" Pg. 18, left side, line 3.
"terrifying dolls" Pg. 18, left side, line 13. Questions Questions Chapter 4 "What They Saw Through the Window" What I have inferred about the chapter title is that Bruno has seen something that he was very curious about outside of a window. Summary The summary chapter 4 is that Bruno and Gretel talk to each other about how they hate the new house that they are living in. When Bruno takes a little look outside of a window near his room, he notices soldiers standing and yelling in front of a large group of people. He also notices that some people were trying to hide from the soldiers yelling. Bruno wonders why all the people are wearing the same clothing, striped pajamas. Chapter 5 "Out Of Bounds At All Times And No Exceptions" What I have inferred about the chapter title is that the soldiers that Bruno saw outside of the window are guarding a place that is out of bounds and has no exceptions whatsoever. Questions Hyperbole and Idioms