In Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, how do Bruno's experiences cause him to change throughout the story?

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Bruno, the nine-year-old protagonist of John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, matures over the course of this coming-of-age story. Bruno’s first person narration creates moments of poignant dramatic irony as the reader understands what is really taking place at “Out With” (Bruno’s mispronunciation of Auschwitz) while Bruno remains blissfully ignorant. This tension between Bruno’s naiveté and his emerging understanding is at the center of his character’s development.

When Bruno’s family first moves from Berlin to “Out With,” Bruno is self-absorbed, hating his new home and completely unaware of the horrors taking place on the other side of the fence. Bruno is curious by nature, but, while he fancies himself an explorer, he ironically fails to question what his father really does, why the rules of social status dictate that some are servants and others are served, or why his new friend looks skinny and sad. Bruno gazes from the window of his new home but decides he...

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