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How many narrative voices are there in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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jadetyler | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted August 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM via web

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How many narrative voices are there in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM (Answer #1)

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I sense the presence of one strict narrative voice.  The omniscient narrator that is able to give a specific character's views when needed, go inside a character's thoughts, and fluidly be able to give the third person rendering is the narrative voice evident. Presumably, we can attribute this to Boyne, himself.  This is especially so in the conclusion of the novel in which "Nothing like this could ever happen again."  Boyne provides the narration so that at the end of the narrative, there can be some reflection as to what has transpired.  The narrative voice thus becomes our own as the reader assesses their own placement and condition in light of the Holocaust.  Boyne's narrative voice is able to provide the point of view of a child during the Holocaust, and be able to render the child's voice in what is being experienced.  While Boyne is the dominant narrative voice, it seems very clear to us that we are seeing the story through Bruno's narration and his voice.  It is in this where we, the reader, understand what is presented to us.  While there is one narrative voice from a stylistic point of view, it becomes clear to us that Bruno's eyes are our own in understanding the reality that is "Out- With."

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