How is indoctrination present in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is centered on the friendship that develops between Bruno and Shmuel. The boys build their friendship on their similarities not their differences although the undertones reveal to the reader that Bruno himself has been indoctrinated. As the narrator, Bruno's indoctrination is most effective and affects his perception, and therefore, the way he tells the story.

Bruno accepts the unreasonable situation at "Out-With" and although he knows that it cannot be right that so many people are forced to live separately and initially does try to question it, he blindly and obediently accepts his father's explanation that "those people...well they're not people at all" (chapter 5) even though his father's words do not make sense to him. Bruno must accept what his father says regardless of its merits and without passing judgment. It is expected that a child will not question his or her father and so laying down and enforcing such an objectionable standpoint is...

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