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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Book Report

Kyle Shiley

on 14 December 2012

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Transcript of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Protagonist Bruno is the protagonist of this story. He is a nine year old boy that moves with his family from Berlin, Germany to a place called Out-With. At his new home Bruno can see tents, small buildings, chimneys with smoke coming out, and people in striped pajamas. Bruno is to young to know what this place is, but it is a concentration camp. To Bruno, the most exciting thing he can do at his new house is explore, "I want to be an explorer," said Bruno (Boyne 83). This gets him into trouble in the end of the book. Antagonist Bruno's father is the antagonist in the story because he is a Nazi commandant. He is the reason they moved to Out-With because he needed to live closer to the concentration camp. His father is also never there for Bruno, and he rarely listens to Bruno whenever he tries to talk with him. Characterization Bruno is a round character because throughout the book he exhibits multiple traits. He is very kind to his maids and cooks. He respects his parents and sister. One of my favorite traits in Bruno is that he wants everyone to be treated equally and fairly. Bruno is a static character because throughout the book he does not change. In the beginning of the book Bruno gets angry at his sister for ordering the maid to get her bath ready because he knew she could start it on her own. Then later in the book Bruno brought bread to Shmuel because he knew he wasn't getting fed enough. Both these examples show that Bruno wants everyone to have equal jobs and equal opportunities. Conflict This book has an internal conflict. The conflict is between Bruno and the concentration camp. The conflict is that Bruno is to young to know about the genocide of Jews, so he has no idea what all these people are doing behind his house wearing striped pajamas. Bruno loves to explore so one day he ventures off to the edge of the fenced off camp. There he met a young boy named Shmuel and they became friends. One day when Bruno was visiting Shmuel, Shmuel said he could not find his dad. So with Bruno's sense of exploration he goes into the camp to help look for his dad. Shmuel gave Bruno "pajamas" so that he would blend in. As soon as they started looking the soldiers gathered up all the men and children and took them into the gas chamber. Bruno and Shmuel were killed. Plot Exposition Bruno and his family move to Out-With to live closer to his fathers job (Nazi commander). The house in Out-With is way smaller than the house in Berlin, so it didn't take Bruno long to explore the place. Bruno quickly became bored and began looking for something new to do. Rising Action Bruno ventures off into the woods behind his house one day to find a boy sitting on the ground on the inside of the fenced off area. The boys name is Shmuel, and him and Bruno become good friends. They talk about their families, what they have in common, and many other things. Bruno is even kind enough to bring Shmuel bread on a daily basis. Climax One day when Bruno was visiting Shmuel, Shmuel said he couldn't find his dad. Bruno decided he would help Shmuel look, so the two boys started to dig a hole big enough for Bruno to crawl under. Once the hole was done, Bruno crawled under and Shmuel gave Bruno a pair of "pajamas" so that he would blend in. When the boys started to look for Shmuel's dad, the soldiers began yelling and they grouped up all the men and children. At this point the two boys had no idea what was happening. The Nazi's then told the group to go into the gas chamber, and they were killed. Falling Action After Bruno had been gone for awhile his family began to worry. They started to look for him and they eventually found an open window in the shed in the back yard big enough for Bruno to fit through. They went through the shed and into the small forest behind there house, eventually they came across his clothes and the hole under the fence. Resolution After Bruno's parents looked around the whole camp they came to the conclusion that he was killed in the gas chamber. Themes The theme of this story is the innocence of childhood. Bruno is unaware that his father is a Nazi commander and that they have moved next to a concentration camp called Auschwitz. Shmuel is imprisoned in the camp and is unaware of how serious of a situation he is in. Shmuel also does not understand that his father has been killed in a gas chamber. Foreshadowing Towards the end of the book Shmuel says, "He was here on Monday and then he went to work duty with some other men and none of them have come back" (Boyne 194). This is foreshadowing because it helps us draw to the conclusion that Shmuel's father was killed. Flashback After Bruno and his family had moved to Out-With he began to miss his grandma and grandpa. In the book Bruno flashed back to a memory of him, his sister, and his grandma performing in a Christmas play together. Irony The irony in this story is that Bruno and Shmuel were born on the same day, and they both died on the same day. Symbolism The fence symbolizes the little difference between the two boys. It also shows how similar they are to each other, they were born on the same day and they have many of the same interest. By: Kyle Shiley The End
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