The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

John Boyne

Primary setting

Auschwitz, Polond

Main characters

Bruno is a young German Boy who moved to Out-with (Auschwitz) with his family for his father's job. Shmuel is a young Jewish boy who is in a concentration camp.

Main conflict

The friendship of Bruno and Shmuel is the conflict. Bruno is curious about why Shmuel is on the other side of the fence. This is a conflict because Bruno is German and the son of a commandant of Auschwitz. Shmuel is Jewish and is an inmate in the Concentration camp.