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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne has many significant moments within the text. However, the most memorable scene for me was after Bruno had gone for the last visit to see Schmuel. Schmuel had told him about his father’s disappearance, and Bruno had decided to go inside the labor camp to assist Schmuel in finding his father. Bruno changed into the striped clothing worn by the prisoners and attempted to help Schmuel locate his father.
Once Bruno was inside the camp he saw it from a very different perspective than that presented in his father’s propaganda films. A storm arises as the boys search, and they are shuffled among a crowd of people by the soldiers into a long room. In the room Bruno and Schmuel exchange the remark that they are best friends. Bruno takes Schmel’s hand.
The most significant scene occurs at the very end of the book when the doors to the room close and the room becomes dark. Chaos occurs as the two boys hold hands.
“And then the room went very dark and somehow, despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Schmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let it go.” (213)
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