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

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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 internal conflict that can be seen early on in the novel is the conflict that exists between Bruno and his father. What is amazing about this entire conflict is that Bruno's father is a relatively minor character. Bruno and his family have had to move to Auschwitz because his father is fairly high up in the Nazi political and military hierarchy. Bruno is forced to move away from a home he liked with friends he liked to a place that Bruno believes is a step down. Bruno struggles internally with honoring and supporting his father while at the same time harboring resentment toward him. Bruno's dad isn't ignorant of Bruno's feelings either, and the two characters have their moments of strife. One such moment occurs in chapter 5 when Bruno's father flatly states why he did what he did and heavily hints...

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