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Posted April 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM via web

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Discuss significant development of the plot in chapter 3 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that the reality of settling into "Out- With" or Auschwitz becomes part of how Bruno's character develops.  This helps to feed the main plot development of the novel, in general.  In particular, Bruno begins to recognize that this is where he and his family will be in the "foreseeable future."  At the same time, recognizing this reality, Bruno becomes intrigued, to an extent, by what exists outside of what is there beyond his home.  He begins to look out the window of Gretel's room, and she does the same.  There is a developing consciousness of something beyond himself present, a theme that will play a significant role in how the novel develops.  I think that another significant plot development is the emerging relationship, one of almost foil- like quality, developing between Gretel and Bruno.  Bruno is one who seems completely honest and open in his feelings, with a certain amount of transparency that Gretel seems to lack.  The relationship between he and "The Hopeless One" becomes significant as the story develops for it will detail two separate responses to what Auschwitz offers.

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