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Is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas based on a true story?  

John Boyne says that he had been a student of literature related to the Holocaust for many years. He had always been fascinated by the subject and had read many books himself about how it impacted...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 1:42 pm UTC

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What is the message of the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas promotes a message of interpersonal compassion, friendship, and tolerance. It further suggests that the mistakes of one generation need not taint or be extended to...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 5:33 am UTC

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The Boy In The Striped Pajamas Ending

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is historical in nature but is a fictional story which reminds readers of the disaster and tragedy of Nazi occupation. Bruno must move because of his...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2015 7:36 pm UTC

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What does the ending to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas symbolize?

The ending to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas symbolizes the terror and the brutality that defined the Holocaust. In the film's final sequence, two separate events are simultaneously shown. Bruno...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 6:42 am UTC

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Identify the differences between the film and book versions of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

In 2006, the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was written by John Boyne. Two years later, Mark Herman directed and released an adapted film with the same title. The novel traces the fictional...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2020 7:36 pm UTC

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In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, what was Bruno's impression of the new house?

When Bruno first sees his new home at "Out-With," he is astonished and depressed by the fact that it is the complete opposite of his comfortable, warm home in Berlin. The new house at Out-With is...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 9:37 pm UTC

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How did Bruno and Shmuel die in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne?

Bruno is a nine-year-old boy from whose perspective The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is told. The story starts in Berlin, but Bruno's father is a Commandant in the Nazi army and gets...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2013 6:32 pm UTC

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What is the setting of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne? More specifically, what is the time and place?

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very clearly understood to take place during the events of WWII, during a time when the tragic events of the Holocaust of the Jewish people were well underway. We...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 4:55 pm UTC

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Describe the friendship between Bruno and Shmuel.

The friendship between Bruno and Shmuel in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas demonstrates that the basic human need for companionship and understanding is even more fundamental than loyalty to...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2015 3:45 am UTC

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What is the moral or message of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?"

One could argue that the moral message in Boyne's story The Boy in the Striped Pajamas concerns the significance of exercising perspective and developing an understanding that we are more alike...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019 2:52 pm UTC

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

In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas there are many internal and external conflicts. Bruno as a young boy is not privy to what it is that his father's new job is. Bruno struggles with the reality that...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2015 4:01 pm UTC

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In the book The Boy With the Striped Pajamas, what are examples of metaphor that are used in the story?

It is a bit strange that you ask for metaphor in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas because metaphor is precisely what I do not find. The handful of metaphors that I do find are of an unusual sort....

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012 1:23 pm UTC

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What are some differences and similarities between Bruno and Shmuel in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

One similarity that should jump out at readers is that both boys are exactly the same age. They share the same birthday, so that gives them immediate common ground. They also are both males living...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 2:56 am UTC

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What do Bruno and Gretel see outside their window in Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

This question can be answered by reading Chapter Four: "What They Saw Through the Window." The short answer to your question is that Bruno and Gretel see the Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz....

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016 3:23 pm UTC

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In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, compare Bruno's old home to his new home.

In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the reader is introduced to this "empty, desolate place" to which the family has relocated and which does not appeal to Bruno at all. It is a sinister place...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2013 7:11 am UTC

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How would you describe Bruno's character in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? Reference answer to the book, not the...

The story begins with Bruno having to move with his family. They currently live in Berlin, but his father got a job promotion and they have to move. Bruno is very unhappy with this, because all of...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2014 9:39 pm UTC

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What were some of Bruno's reasons for not liking Lieutenant Kotler?

On page 162-163 Bruno, himself, makes a list of reasons why he doesn't like Lt. Kotler. 1. The lieutenant never smiled. When Bruno asks him for the tyre to make a swing, the lieutenant makes a...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2012 5:05 am UTC

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How does Pavel die or get hurt in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

In short, Pavel dies from Lieutenant Kotler’s beatings after Pavel spills wine on Kotler during a dinner with the commander of the camp and the commander's family. In chapter 13 of The Boy with the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019 5:26 am UTC

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What is the conflict in The Boy In The Striped Pajamas?

Despite being a relatively short novel, conflicts abound throughout The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The story contains a solid mixture of both internal and external conflicts. One external and...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2020 3:01 am UTC

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What is Bruno's grandmother's attitude towards his father's job in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno's grandmother is not happy about her son, Bruno's father, and his new job as the commandant of Auschwitz. Once Bruno’s father gets this assignment, he wears...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 11:27 am UTC

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What's the point of view in The Boy in the  Striped Pajamas?

The point of view is a third person style of narration. Yet, it is focused on Bruno's vantage point. This allows Boyne to be able to tell the story of what happens through Bruno's eyes, but also...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2011 8:52 pm UTC

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What are some lessons that students should learn throughout the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

After reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, students should have learned about human nature, genocide, and innocence. Human nature is a major theme in the novel. Students can contrast the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2018 2:58 pm UTC

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What is the conflict and resolution in the The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne?

The conflict in the novelThe Boy in the Striped Pajamasby John Boyne is that Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, must move from his beautiful home in Berlin with his family to a house that sits...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2012 9:51 am UTC

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What are symbols from "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

I think that one symbol in the narrative is the fence. It is the fence that divides worlds of reality. On one side of the fence, the best wine is served, dinner conversation is pleasant, and life...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2013 4:16 am UTC

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What are the key themes in "The Boy with the Striped Pajamas?" Why are these themes important to the novel as a whole?

In the novel, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” by John Boyne, there are a couple of major themes that run throughout the story. Bruno, a lonely little boy is the protagonist in this story. He...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2009 8:55 am UTC

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What did Lieutenant Kotler do to Pavel after he spilled the wine in his lap?

In chapter thirteen of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Pavel—an old Jewish man and former doctor who is now working as a servant in the house of Bruno's father—mistakenly spills wine on Lieutenant...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2017 8:36 pm UTC

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What is a short summary of chapter 2 in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

In chapter 2 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the family moves from Berlin, Germany, to Auschwitz. When Bruno sees the new house, which sits on a large and isolated lot, he is sadly disappointed....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2018 5:41 am UTC

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What year did the story The Boy in the Striped Pajamas take place?

I am going to grasp at a few other dates found by scholars to try and get a bit more specific for you in regards to the actual date of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. If it is true that Bruno was...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2015 7:10 pm UTC

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What are 3 character traits for Shmuel from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

Shmuel is a rather timid individual. He lives in constant fear of being beaten by the Nazi guards, and he is hesitant to disobey their orders. He tells Bruno that if the guards see him sitting by...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 3:32 pm UTC

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What is a specific example of irony in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? Thank you so much!!

There are many examples of irony in this novel. 1. Both boys, Bruno and Shmuel, were born on the same day, and they died on the same day. They were both born on April 15, 1934 (pg 109) , and they...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2012 8:42 pm UTC

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Define the friendship between Bruno and Shmuel.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a story about a friendship that Bruno and Shmuel form during the Holocaust. Bruno and Shmuel become great friends. Bruno is the nine-year-old son of a Nazi...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 3:56 pm UTC

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Where does Bruno's family move in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne?

Chapter one of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is set in Berlin, Germany. Bruno and his family--mother, father, older sister Gretel, and nine-year-old Bruno--live in a large house...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2013 10:13 pm UTC

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What is the chapter summary of chapters 1–5 in the book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

In chapter 1, Bruno comes home from school to discover that his family is packing their belongings and moving away. Bruno, the nine-year-old protagonist, is upset by the sudden move, and his mother...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 11:13 am UTC

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How does Bruno's character grow throughout the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

Bruno's character grows throughout the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas as he learns to distinguish people who are good from those who are not. For instance, when his sister is forming an...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2020 2:18 am UTC

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What happened to Bruno's father at the end?

After Bruno disappears, his father, the Commandant of Out-With (Auschwitz), commands his men to search for him, but they cannot find him. Bruno's mother and sister Gretel return to Berlin, thinking...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2020 11:35 am UTC

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Describe the relationship between Bruno and his father.

In The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Bruno’s parents are raising him to be respectful of adults. Bruno and his father are polite toward each other but rather distant. It is his mother with whom he...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 4:56 pm UTC

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In Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, what did Bruno's old house in Berlin look like?  

Bruno loves his home in Berlin for many reasons. First, he is accustomed to it and to Berlin. All of his friends and, most importantly, his grandparents live nearby. In addition, he loves the house...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020 12:33 pm UTC

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What is a character analysis of Bruno's father?

Bruno's father, Ralf, is a proud German, who is promoted by Adolph Hitler himself to the position of Commandant. Bruno's father makes the important decision to move his family to Auschwitz where...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 10:01 pm UTC

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In chapter five of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, what did Bruno and his father talk about?

In chapter five of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, Bruno and his mother and sister have finally arrived at their new home (Bruno's father arrived earlier), and Bruno has seen a...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2013 11:21 pm UTC

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What are some character traits that describe Shmuel in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

In Chapter 9 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno decides to amuse himself with an activity with which he occupied himself in Berlin. He dons his overcoat and an old pair of boots and leaves...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2015 10:37 pm UTC

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What would be a good thesis statement for the theme of innocence in the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

A thesis statement should present an argument, and make a claim about a given topic that can be supported throughout the body of the essay. The following is a good example of a thesis statement...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2016 6:01 pm UTC

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In the novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, does Bruno and Gretel's tutor take advantage of the children's...

Herr Liszt, Bruno and Gretel’s tutor, is what Bruno’s father would call a good countryman. All young people in Germany were indoctrinated in the beliefs of Nazi, Germany. As the tutor, Herr...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 10:03 pm UTC

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What is Bruno's father's new job in the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?  At what Nazi post is he assigned?

Bruno's father has really impressed the higher command of the Nazi regime. Hitler even comes for dinner at their home in Berlin. Of course, Bruno, in his innocence, calls him the "Fury" instead...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 4:26 am UTC

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What is the most important event in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

In my mind, the most important event in the novel is the moment when both boys enter the gas chamber. It is significance for a variety of moments. The friendship between Bruno and Shmuel is at...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2011 8:46 am UTC

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Please help me answer these questions from Chapter 6: "The Overpaid Maid" in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.2. Bruno...

The fact that Bruno considers Maria a member of the family shows that he has a good heart, like his father used to have. Bruno is unhappy at Auschwitz. He misses his cushy life in Berlin, but most...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2013 10:35 pm UTC

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What is "out-with" in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

"Out-with" is nine-year-old Bruno's name for Auschwitz, a major Nazi concentration camp located in a remote section of Poland where many Jews and others considered not part of the German (Aryan)...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020 11:18 pm UTC

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What are some examples of foreshadowing in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Pyjamas) between chapters 10 and 18? Thanks.

In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno and his family have moved closer to Bruno's father's place of work, which Bruno mispronounces as "Outwith." Bruno does not understand what his father does...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2015 11:10 am UTC

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Using various adjectives, describe Bruno's character in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Inquisitive, curious, and so on.

Sheltered: the son of a privileged Nazi family living in a big house in Berlin and later in comfortable circumstances next to Auschwitz, nine-year-old Bruno has had little opportunity or reason to...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 5:37 pm UTC

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In chapter 12, Bruno and Shmuel has different perspectives of the train they boarded to arrive at their destination....

When Shmuel recounts his journey on the train, he describes a horrible situation, which was completely different from Bruno's experience on his train ride. Shmuel tells Bruno that the cars were...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2017 11:17 pm UTC

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Who is Gretel and why does Bruno refer to her as the "Hopeless Case"?

"The Hopeless Case" is the title of the third chapter of the book. It is in this chapter that we get to know Gretel, Bruno’s twelve-year-old sister, and gain some insight into their relationship....

Latest answer posted March 1, 2019 3:10 pm UTC

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