The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

John Boyne
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Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting of Berlin in Nazi Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Against whom were the Germans fighting in World War II? When did the Third Reich begin? How is the setting described in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the narrative style established in the beginning of the novel. Is the story told from a first, second, or third-person perspective? Why do you think the author chooses this narrative style? Is the narrator’s perspective omniscient or limited?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and analyze the character of Bruno as the protagonist in the novel. How old is Bruno? What are Bruno’s favorite things about living in Berlin? How does Bruno feel about his sister? How does Bruno evolve as a character by the end of the story?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the history of the Auschwitz concentration camp...

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