The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Essay

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Essay

By | November 2012
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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is a novel from the point of view of a 9 year old boy called Bruno growing up in world war 2. He lived in Berlin with his parents and sister, Gretel. After his father visits Adolf Hitler he gets promoted to Commandant and his family has to move to a place called Out-With. Bruno feels homesick and wants to move back to his old home so he see his friends again. Bruno is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day he looked at his window to strangely see a group of people wearing striped pyjamas, as a curious boy Bruno asks his sister who they are, she didn’t know so he asked his father, he told him that they are not people at all and are Jews. Bruno is not allowed to leave the house but one day he decides to go down to the people in the striped pyjamas and finds another boy called Shmuel around the same age as him. After some time Bruno and Shmuel become best friends. Shmuel asked Bruno if he could help him find his father, Bruno says ok and goes into the concentration camp to help find him, but they get mixed into a group of Jews about to get taken to the gas chambers, the boys don’t know where they are going and go along with it, they get lead into a gas chamber thinking they are gonna have a shower but get gassed and killed.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is set during world war 2 in Berlin and soon after in a place called Out-With which is where the Auschwitz concentration camp was.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas follows the normal structure of a novel. In the first few chapters the author describes the setting and who the family is, followed by the storyline where Bruno and his family move to Out-With and Bruno discovers the concentrations camp and makes friends with Shmuel. In the end Shmuel and Bruno get gassed and killed after searching for Shmuel’s dad in the concentration camp.

A character in the novel I really liked was Bruno, he a 9 year old German boy growing up in world war 2. Something that I liked about...