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Leah Hill
Pd 4
Book Report #1
10-26-12

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas- John Boyne

Characters:

Bruno- Ralph and Elsa’s son; narrator

Gretel- Bruno’s sister

Elsa- Bruno’s mother

Ralph- Bruno’s father; important commandant

Shmuel- Bruno’s friend in the concentration camp

Maria- maid in the house

Summary:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a story about the horrors of the Holocaust, in the point of view of a little boy, Bruno, whose father, Ralph, is an important commandant for Hitler. The family is forced to move next to a concentration camp for Ralph’s job. While living next to the concentration camp, Bruno secretly makes a friend who is on the other side of the fence inside the camp.

Topic:

My favorite character in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is Bruno. Nobody seems to want to tell Bruno what is happening around him, but he is very curious and tries to figure things out on his own. Wanting to grow up and be an explorer one day, Bruno shows to be extremely adventurous. Throughout the novel he shows signs of courage that makes him a unique and likeable character throughout the book.

A trait given to Bruno that is clear to the reader of this book is curiosity. When the family moves to their new house, “Out-With”, Bruno notices that it is located next to a wire fence. When he asks his father about the wire fence he is only told to stay away from it. Throughout the book he wonders what the people are doing on the other side of the fence, why they are all wearing striped pajamas, and why there is a fence in the first place. Bruno is also very curious about the man in the kitchen, Pavel, who peels the vegetables. One day when Bruno falls and hurts his knee, Pavel is the only person home. He cleans Bruno’s knee and they have a conversation about how Pavel used to be a doctor. Bruno does not understand how he used to be a doctor but isn’t anymore and worries about it for the rest of the day. He finally asks Maria, the family...
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