What are the most important elements to include in a summary for the opening chapters of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Certainly, any discussion of the first two chapters of Boyne's work would have to incorporate the fact that the family is leaving to Auschwitz.  It causes immense change and drama in Bruno's life.  He leaves his friends, his life, and his world to go to a place that makes no sense to him.  Even his mispronouncing of the word as "Out- With" is significant because it shows an inability to make sense of the act of leaving, something that fundamentally uproots the boy from his world.  I think that another important element to emerge would have to be the desolation and the emptiness of Auschwitz, itself.  It is important to make this contrast because of the need to show how empty Bruno's life has become with the move.  In many ways, including this plot detail of the summary is important because it forges the connection between Bruno and the reader.  Both see Auschwitz as a fundamentally bad place, something that conjures up and represents elements that are not desirable.  I think that it is important and essential to be able to ensure that any summary includes both of these points from the opening chapters of the book.

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