FC: HOLOCAUST Novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By: John Boyne Kelsey, Niki, Sam B, Keiagane, Dylan and Dorothy
1: Summary of Novel In the first section of the novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne, Bruno comes home to see his belongings being packed by the maid, Maria. He then moves away due to his father's "important" job. The family of him, his mother, his father, and his sister move the "country" into a house that is a major downscale from his previous house in Berlin. Then Bruno looks out the window of his new house and sees a concentration camp, but he doesn't know what it is. He then asks his dad who the people are, and his dad said they weren't people at all. In the next chapters, Bruno finds out how Maria came to work for his father. Then, Bruno had a incident on a tire swing and a servant fixed him up. Also, Bruno shares a story of an argument between his father and grandmother. In the next section, Bruno meets Shmuel. They started to talk and became good friends. Bruno walked the fence every day he could to talk to Shmuel. #2 Discuss (2) things he/she learn s along the way? #1 #2 PART 3 VIEW OF CULTURAL/ETHNIC GROUP 1.What did you learn from the novel about this cultural or ethnic group during this time period? (2 examples) #1 #2 1.How did your view of this cultural or ethic group change as a result of reading this novel (2 changes)? ( I used to think. Now after. I believe.because ) #1 #2
2: THEME In the novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, John Boyne wants the reader to understand that friendship can overcome anything.
3: Example 1 (pg # 7) The first example of the theme is on page 7 where Bruno learns that he has to move. This means he wont be able to see his best friends anymore. His mother states that since they are his best friends, then no matter what, they will stay his best friends forever. Friendship overcomes moving.
4: THEME Example 2 (pg 106-107) The next example of the theme was evident in these two pages when Bruno went exploring. He came across a fence which had a boy on the other side. When the boys started talking, they became good friends. Then, everyday after that, Bruno walked long distances to talk to his friend, which shows commitment.
5: Example 3 (pg) 132 He turned and walked away and Bruno noticed again just how small and skinny his new friend was. He didn't say anything about this because he knew only to well how unpleasant it was to be criticized for something has silly as your height. He didn't want to be unkind to Shmuel. True friends don't judge.
6: CHARACTERIZATION | The first obstacle was that Bruno's family moved and that he is leaving his family and friends behind. He overcomes this by seeing his grandma and grandpa every chance he gets and he makes a new friend that is behind the fence.
8: The second obstacle was that they were not supposed to be talking to each other, and if they were caught Shmuel would get killed.This shows how much Bruno and Shmuel wanted to be friends. | CHARACTERIZATION
9: They overcame this obstacle by keeping this a secret. Bruno would say we was going for a walk when we went to see Shmuel. If this secret got out, they would call each other imaginary friends.
10: Lessons (main character) learned along the way.... # 1 Bruno learned the most out of all the characters because he learned about the people on the other side of the fence and that they are different than him. He also learned a little bit more about his fathers work.
11: # 2 Bruno learns that friendship is the best thing one can have. He grows a strong relationship with Shmuel & learns a lot about him.
12: VIEW OF THE HOLOCAUST I learned that not everyone knew what was happening when the Holocaust was going on. For example, Bruno had no idea that Jews were being killed for no reasons. He didn't understand. I also learned more about the treatment that the the servants received. -Kelsey I learned that Germans had Jews work for them They had the Jews clean and work in their houses . The Germans were very harsh. I also learned more about the torture the Jews went through and how they starved. -Sam
13: I learned that I should be thankful for what I have. The people in the holocaust didn't have anything except for their lives. I have a house, a loving family, lots of clothes and freedom to do what I want. The Jews did not have a choice, they were forced to do what the Germans wanted. -Dylan From reading this book, I agree with Kelsey and how a lot of people had no idea what was going on -Niki I learned that some of the Germans didn't know what they wanted if they wanted to hate the Jews or if they were just following orders and not everyone was how most people think.And we also have enjoy what we got because it could all end today- Keiagane
14: How did your view of people change as a result of reading this novel (2 changes)? Consider these questions as you respond: Why was the Holocaust allowed to go on? Do you think it is possible for something like this to still happen? Why? How can it be prevented? ( I used to think... Now after.... I believe... because ... ) I used to think that everyone, even kids and people from other countries, knew about the Holocaust. Now after reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I learned that many people, including adults, didn't know about the Holocaust, so they couldn't stop it. Many of the people that did know about it didn't do anything because they were afraid to voice their opinion.