Essay on The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Portfolio

Words: 6434
Pages: 26

* Project portfolio by Sophie Rothen

Table of contents

Introduction | 3 | Book report | 4 | Main characters | 5 | Themes | 7 | New book covers | 9 | Words and Phrases | 10 | Reflection | 11 | Film review | 12 | Interview | 14 | Song interpretation | 16 | Peer assessment | 18 | Vocabulary | 20 | Self evaluation | 22 |


This portfolio documents my dealing with the book “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, written by John Boyne, and the corresponding film, which was released in 2008. The reason I chose this particular material is the following:
I saw the film before reading the book, which, as I see it, is not the right way to do, because instead of imagining
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His terms of expressions however, are sometimes like the ones of an adult who thinks that children are simple to explain.
During the book, Bruno’s personality does not change much, although this is very unlikely for a main character. His innocence and good-naturedness remains throughout the story, which can mainly be reasoned with the fact that he does not get too involved with the consequences of the war. You could even say he does not witness anything about it except that he was forced to move to another place, but even that he does not really relate to the war.
The most important thing for him is his friendship with Shmuel, which is a very uncommon one and the two boys could not be any more different. Although they cannot play together, they are satisfied by just talking while sitting vis-à-vis each other. Sometimes Bruno says very inappropriate things, like the one time when he claims that he would love to be on Shmuel’s side of the fence because there are many other boys he could play with. Of course, this is complete nonsense because people in concentration camps were treated anything but well, but Bruno’s childish lack of knowledge kind of excuses statements like this.
Shmuel, the Jewish boy behind the mysterious fence, is portrayed as the complete opposite of Bruno. Even though he is forced to live life in a