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What are the internal and external conflicts in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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am122594 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 25, 2010 at 8:54 AM via web

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What are the internal and external conflicts in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted January 25, 2010 at 9:12 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" he mother experiences internal conflict as she watches the Jewish men from the concentration camp work on the property.  She knows that they are being mistreated and yet her husband experiences pride and success in his role as the commander at the location.  This is an example of internal conflict.

Another issue of internal conflict arises in he relationship between the husband his mother.  His mother is ashamed of his position.  His father knows his son is a soldier and is supportive of him.

The major external of conflicts occurs when the son goes into the camp with his friend.  He is taken to the chamber along with the others and dies.  His  father has to contend that his own involvement in the process has led to his son's death.

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preetimassie | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted March 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM (Answer #2)

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one conflict is that bruno is not telling his family about his friend shmuel. you may say this conflict is person vs. society because he knows that jews and germans can't be friends

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