The exposition of a story gives the reader necessary background information by introducing the characters, settings, and specific events of the story.
In Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the exposition depicts the protagonist, Bruno, arriving home to learn that his family will be moving. The audience is introduced to Bruno's family and discovers that they are German. The audience also learns that Bruno's father has an important position, that the family is currently living in Berlin during WWII, and that Bruno's parents disagree about the move. Bruno is depicted as a naive, innocent nine-year-old boy, who enjoys adventures and does not understand why his family has to leave Berlin. The audience is also introduced to Bruno's older sister, Gretel, whom he refers to as a Hopeless Case.
The exposition also includes chapter 2, when Bruno's family arrives at their new home. The audience learns that the new home is in a desolate location and is not a welcoming environment. More information...
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