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Please explain the conflict in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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brenda040710 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2011 at 8:05 AM via web

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Please explain the conflict in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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sboeman | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted March 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM (Answer #1)

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is obviously fiction, but could probably be more specifically considered dramatic fiction.

The setting, of course, is during World War II in Nazi-ruled Germany.  In the beginning, Bruno and his family live in Berlin, but then must move to Auschwitz, or "Out With", as Bruno misinterprets it.

The conflicts in the story could possibly be character vs. character for one, since the Jews vs. Nazis provide the "backdrop" of the story.  Bruno, however, is quite naive and ignorant of what is truly going on, so it doesn't seem like he faces much conflict, aside from the frustration of having to live at such a boring new home.  He doesn't realize what is happening to the Jewish population and what his country's plans are.

Other characters face conflicts, however, such as the mother's disapproval of what her husband, Bruno's father, is actually doing; likewise, it could be argued that the father is facing an internal conflict since he is basically forced to follow orders, even though his own mother cannot stand what he does.

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