Character Development In The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

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Show how the character of Gretel develops in ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. You must closely analyse framing, set, props, costume colour and lighting (mise-en-scene). Remember to put each shot you mention into context and state how it contributes to the character development of Gretel. Aim to write 3 A4 pages.

‘The boy in the striped pyjamas’ written by John Boyne and directed by Mark Herman tells the disastrous story of a young boy Bruno and his family in Nazi Germany; the family move to the countryside when his Nazi officer dad got a promotion at a concentration camp less than a mile away from their house. Bruno meets a new boy who later becomes friends in a wild friendship. Gretel, Bruno’s sister, gets influenced by a Nazi soldier and by her teacher, which makes her drastically change into a young Nazi woman. The changes progress when looking at the five shots from the film and studying mise-en-scene.

At the start of the film Gretel is living in a mansion like town house, Gretel is a young girl, playing with dolls in her room, she is dressed in pastel yellow, matching her cheerful bedroom. Her room consists of numbers of dolls which shows a more girly, young at heart girl; also many lamps brightening her room and making it a happy surrounding. Taking a closer look at the first shot, she has a lot of lace and flowers symbolising her peace and showing she doesn’t know about the war and its horrors. In the background there is a dressing table with family photos and
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