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Striped Pajamas: Introduction
Striped Pajamas: Plot Summary
Striped Pajamas: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Striped Pajamas: Themes
Striped Pajamas: Quotes
Striped Pajamas: Characters
Striped Pajamas: Symbols
Striped Pajamas: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of John Boyne
Historical Context of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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- Full Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
- When Written: April, 2004
- Where Written: Dublin, Ireland
- When Published: 2006
- Literary Period: Contemporary Young Adult
- Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Historical Fiction
- Setting: Berlin, Germany and Auschwitz, Poland
- Climax: When Bruno, who seeks to understand the world on the other side of the fence in which his friend Shmuel lives, changes into a pair of the “striped pajamas” and climbs under the fence.
- Antagonist: Bruno’s Father
- Point of View: Third person omniscient, mostly from the perspective of Bruno, a nine-year-old boy.
Extra Credit for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Quick work. Boyne wrote the first draft of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in two and a half days, hardly sleeping until he finished.
Film. The novel became a movie in 2008 under the same name, directed by Mark Herman.