The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Portfolio

6447 Words Sep 4th, 2012 26 Pages
* 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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Main characters
Bruno is the 9-year-old central character who lives in a wonderful house in Berlin. Beyond his small world, the Second World War rages, leaving its wakes of devastation behind. But this does not bother the little boy at all, he dreams of being an explorer when he grows up, is cheerful and adventurous. At first, Bruno seems quite timid and shy, seems to think a lot, but speaks only a little. His personality and behavior differs from time to time, one moment being a real child, the other acting and reasoning in a very mature way.
The filial innocence he expresses is exceptionally important for the whole book, giving the reader an impression of the Holocaust from the point of view of a young child, who is tried to be protected by his parents from all the brutality going on around it. Because when the family moves to a rather remote place called “Out-With” (which turns out to be next to the concentration camp Auschwitz), Bruno has no clue why they have to leave or what exactly is going on. The only thing he does is complain that he is segregated from his best friends, while the reader himself soon gets an idea about the reason for the move. Bruno reckons the people in the camp as farmers, he does not understand why they live behind a fence or why he is not allowed to cross it.
Despite being the son of a German commandant, who is a true believer in Aryan supremacy, Bruno sees all people