The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a novel written by John Boyne. This story is about a young boy named Bruno and his family's experiences during the Holocaust. Because the story is written from Bruno's point of view, readers get an interesting perspective about the war and the Holocaust in general.
Bruno's older sister is named Gretel. Gretel is a young girl who is infatuated with herself and being socially accepted. She believes she is much wiser than her younger brother and often acts as though she knows everything. Due to the fact that not many children are available to be playmates for Bruno and Gretel, the two are forced to interact more frequently than they did in their previous home. Gretel provides a lot of information to Bruno. Unfortunately, this information is not always accurate.
Gretel is a kind girl. She does her best to be a friend to her brother and will entertain him when it is convenient. She commiserates with her brother about their new home and agrees with him that their new home is an interesting place.
Gretel is also a girl who wishes to learn as much as she can. She often studies geography and the war. Although Gretel is somewhat skewed in her perspective about the war, because of the attractive Nazi soldiers, she learns more about her father's job and eventually must make her own decisions about confronting her father. This is difficult for Gretel because, like most adolescent girls, Gretel desperately wants to be a part of the "in" crowd.