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

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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 story of 9-year-old Bruno, a German boy, and his friendship with Shmuel, a prisoner at Auschwitz who shares the same birthday as Bruno.

Bruno and Shmuel speak through a fence, and a failed attempt to break Shmuel out of the concentration camp leads to both of the boys’ deaths in a gas chamber. The novel was praised for its impressive narrative but also criticized due to the fictitious nature of the story.

There are two major adaptations made in the film: the point of view perspective and the ending.

In the novel, the story is told from Bruno’s perspective. Bruno does not understand the motivations and horrors of the Holocaust; he cannot even pronounce the name of the concentration camp correctly. He does not comprehend the reason his new friend is imprisoned, which forces the reader to view...

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