Summer Reading Project

by: Drake Jackson

Character Analysis

Bruno is a German little boy in the time of the Holocaust. The first way this effected his life is that he and his family have to move away because his dad is in the German military. When they move, Bruno sees a concentration camp and wants to go over to it but his mom won't let him; because of his curiosity, he goes to explore anyway. This shows he is a curious boy. When he gets there, he meets a boy his age on the other side of the fence, whose name was Schmuel. They become best friends. This shows Bruno is a very outgoing person. Towards the end of the story, Schmuel's father goes missing. Bruno says he will do everything he can do to help. This shows he is willing to do anything for his best friend. Once in the fence, they can't find his father. They are led to a gas chamber and die together as best friends.

Exposition

The setting for most of the novel is in Auschwitz. Bruno, the main protagonist, and his family move from Berlin at the beginning of the novel. The main characters are Schmuel and his best friend Bruno.

Rising Action

The rising action in "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas", is when Bruno sneaks to the fence and meets his new friend Schmuel.

Climax

The climax of the book is when Schmuel gets beaten by one of the soldiers. He was beaten because he was eating food Bruno gave to him. When Bruno was asked if he did give it to him, he said no. The next time Bruno saw Schmuel, he had bruises and cuts all over his face. After this, Bruno apologized and they were friends again.

Falling Action

The falling action of the book is when Schmuel's dad goes missing. So, Bruno dresses like Schmuel and Schmuel lifts the fence so Bruno can get in.

Resolution

The resolution to the book is when they have no luck finding his dad. So, Bruno says he will leave. Right after this though, they have to go into a march which leads to a gas chamber. Bruno and Schmuel die together as best friends.

Author

The author of this book is John Boyne. John Boyne has written many other novels such as "The Boy at the Top of the Mountain", and "Crippen."

Summary

This book is about a boy named Bruno who is growing up during the Holocaust. He is frustrated to learn that he and his family have to move away because his dad is in the German military. When they move, Bruno goes exploring after his mother told him not to. When he gets to a fence, a boy his age is on the other side. His name was Schmuel. They become best friends even though they can't do anything together except talk. One day, Bruno asks Schmuel why he is on the other side of the fence. Schmuel said it was because he is a Jew. One day, Shmuel was eating food Bruno gave to him, he was beaten because of it. The next time they see each other, Schmuel has bruises and cuts all over his face. Bruno apologized and they became friends again. After that, Schmuel's dad goes missing. Bruno says he will do anything he can do to help. So, Schmuel lifts up the fence and Bruno crawls under it. Schmuel goes and gets Bruno a uniform. After no luck of finding his dad, they have to go on a march. Without the prisoners knowing, they are lead into a gas chamber. Bruno and Schmuel die together as best friends.