If you were to change the last chapter of the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, how would you change it?
I have read some books in which the last chapter, or the end of the last chapter, takes us into the future where we learn what happens to some of the characters. Sometimes it can be a few years, or sometimes a quick survey of the rest of their lives, so you can see how the events of the book affected them. I think that would be interesting here.
I think that the existing ending chapter is a fairly good one. I think that the manner in which Boyne has constructed life after Bruno's death is a good one. I would like to see more development of the father's character, if I would change anything else. From someone who had become so driven to be a part of the Nazi cause to someone who lost so much because of it, I think that his characterization would be where real change could be seen. Perhaps, he could become a force that forges solidarity between himself and those who have lost, initating a chain of events to deconstruct Auschwitz. This would show him taking moral responsibility in a world where there is little of it. However, this does not necessarily seem realistic. It makes sense that he would simply not care for what happens to him at the end, knowing what he has done has contributed to the death of his son. He goes off in the end without much in way of care. This is a realistic and valid ending. If I were to add anything, I would have liked to seen him be a bit more defiant about what he had done and taken a stronger sense of action against it. This might be where I could see change happening.
I like the way the ending is, it's sad that bruno died but his father had to learn a lesson.