Why is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas written in simple language?Why is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas written in simple language?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that part of the reason the story is written in such direct and straightforward terms is to emphasize how Bruno sees his world.  There would be a pervasive disconnect if the style of the story was written in terms contrary to how Bruno sees his reality.  Bruno cannot pronounce terms like "Auschwitz" and "Fuhrer," only bringing to light how complex and challenging these concepts are.  Bruno is able to understand Shmuel as a boy like he is, and as a friend.  He is able to see his sister as a tool of the Nazi propaganda machine.  He is able to see Lt. Kotler as a bad sort.  In Bruno's world, a child's world, these are simple distinctions to make.  The reality in which Bruno lives, though, is far from simple, representing the very definition of complex and intricate.  Yet, in the direct style and simple language, Boyne might be making a statement that even in the most challenging of times, children's voices might be the ones to guide us.  A child, without question, would view what happens at Auschwitz as wrong.  While adults may place rationalization upon justification to it, a child's viewpoint is direct and simple about it.  In this, Boyne might be suggesting through his style of writing that a child's perspective could be the most valuable and worthwhile one.  This is something that Bruno's father recognizes all too late.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
This is a thorough response, but I have one thing to add. By writing from the point of view of a child, the story has a simplistic and visceral feel. The horrors experienced are such that no one can explain them, but from an adult's point of view there is always an attempt to rationalize. Using a child as the hero requires us to face the atrocities and come to terms with them, because the character is too young to do it for us.
lacinserraates | Student
Why is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas written in simple language?

Why is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas written in simple language?

It was written through a nine years old boy's eyes. We can call him naive and innocent as he doesn't know the reality in the book. It is not expected him to use language precisely. Moreover, we may talk about euphanism- replacing an effective&harmful word with a simple&basic word that will not cause any problems. Furthermore, the writer may wanted the readers to load with sadness and pity for Jews and highlight the genocide that Hitler had done.

oxfbarra2 | Student

To show how simply the boy sees the world( Even though I have not read the book the answer is quite easy to understand)

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