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The Boy In the Striped Pajamas
Transcript of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas
True Friendship Holds No Barriers
About the Author
- John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland on April 30th, 1971
- Educated at Trinity College where he started to get published
- Studied Creative Writing at the University of East Angelina in Norwich
- Worked at Waterstone's (British book retailer)
-Has written 6 novels
The Curtis Brown Award
- The Qué Leer Award for Best International Novel of the Year in Spain
- Irish Book Awards: People's Choice Book of the Year
- Bisto Children's Book of the Year
Orange Prize Readers Group Book of the Year
Hennesy Literary Awards Hall of Fame
Antagonists: Father, The Fury, Lieutenant Kotler and Gretel
Setting: Berlin, Germany in Bruno's house
Poland, Germany in Bruno's new house
Aushcitwitz Concentration Camp outside near the fence
Point of View: Third Person Limited
Third Person Omniscient
One day, Bruno's comes home from school to find the house maid, Maria packing his items
Bruno's mom announces the family and their staff is moving houses as Bruno's father got promoted as the Commandant
This makes Bruno becomes dismayed as he does not want to leave his friends, his 5 story house and the city of Berlin
One day Bruno and his sister, Gretel look outside their window and see people in blue striped pajamas
A few days later, Bruno builds a tire swing and falls off and gets a cut.
Surprisingly to Bruno, the man who cuts vegetables for his family,
Pavel treats his cut
Bruno feels bored in his new home. So, he goes exploring outside of his house. Soon, he comes across a Jewish boy named Shmuel and after a few days they become close friends
One day, Bruno finds Shmuel in his house polishing glasses. He offers Shmuel food
and he gets caught by Lietenant Kotler
Bruno does not defend his friend and feels horrible
Shmuel informs Bruno that his father went to work and did not
To make up to Shmuel, Bruno agrees to go to the other side of the fence
with Shmuel to help him find his father
The boys make a plan to meet at the fence with a pair of striped pajamas
The next day, it is raining yet, Bruno still goes to meet Shmuel and execute thier plan
When Bruno goes to the other side of the fence, he finds the atmosphere
to be gloomy when he expected it to be joyful
Bruno wishes to return home however, Shmuel insists that he help find his father and Bruno agrees
The soldiers call the people in the striped pajamas on a march and Shmuel and Bruno go along with them
About the Novel
Genre: Historical Fiction
Date of Publication: September 12th, 2006 by David
Historical Context: The story takes place during World War 2 in 1942 and describes the events that occurred on the Auschwitz concentration camp during Hitler and the Nazi's Holocaust
Other Works by John Boyne
Frienship Holds No Barriers
"'What kind of job?' asked Bruno, because if he was honest with himself- which he always tried to be- he wasn't entirely sure what job his father did."
Text- To- World
Text- To- Text
Romeo and Juliet Play
“...Despite the mayhem that followed, 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.”
How does this theme relate to Social Justice?
This story takes place during Adolph Hitler's Holocaust (Jewish genocide)
The barrier that is being referred to is the Holocaust
Bruno is forbidden to go to the fence as on the other side lays the Auschwitz concentration camp
Despite the fact that Bruno and Shmuel should be enemies, they still maintain their friendship
In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet fall in love and decide to
get married against their parent's will and meet one another in secret Also, their parents are foes of one another (Montagues & Capulets).
In the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno and Shmuel become close friends despite the fact that Bruno's father is against this. Also, they too meet in secret as Bruno does not disclose to his mother as to where he is going for his "walk"
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Opinion of Novel
Background Knowledge on the Holocaust
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
In this novel, the protagonist, Christopher, sets out upon an adventure to find out what happened to Mrs. Shear's dog, Wellington
He comes across various consequences in attempt to discover what happened to the dog
Bruno sets out an adventure to find out what happened to Shmuel's father as he had gone missing
Bruno faces a severe consequence in the attempt to aid his friend
Here's a Sneak Peak...
Read to find out what happends next!
The Hitler Ideology
Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany
Hitler beleived in racial "purity" and in the superiority of the "Germanic race
Aryan "master race
He thought that his Aryan must remain pure in order to take over the world.
For Hitler, the ideal "Aryan" was blond, blue-eyed, and tall.
Took place from 1933 to 1945
Roma the disabled, Slavic peoples Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals and others
About 2 out of every 3 Jews, 200 000 Romas and 200 000 mentally or physically disabled were wiped out
Young, innocent boy's point of view generates a lot of suspense, dramatic irony and humour
Can relate to Bruno
Setting is depicted clearly
and sends chills to your spine
Both were caused as one race was considered as superior than another (Hutu discriminated against Tutsi and Germans discriminated against Jewish people)
Both used propaganda to promote biased political point of views
Systematic killing of a certain ethnicity (Tutsi/Jews)