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Explain how John Boyne creates tension in any 3 chapters of The boy in the striped pyjamas
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DescriptionLooking at 3 chapters from "The boy in the striped pyjamas" and how the author brings tension into it.
Explain how John Boyne creates tension and suspense in any three chapters of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
John Boyne’s THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS is a profound and thought-provoking novel set during the Holocaust and told from the perspective of a young child who befriends a boy ‘on the other side of the fence’.
I feel that John Boyne gets straight into the action; the title of the chapter is called “Bruno makes a discovery.” Straight away when you read the title of the chapter you are thinking what it could be that Bruno has discovered. It happens to be that Bruno discovers the house maid Maria packing all his belongings into boxes, “even the things he’d hidden at the back that belonged to him and were nobody else’s business”. Bruno tells Maria to “take your hands off my things” until she points to the staircase where Bruno’s mother has just appeared. When Bruno’s mother explains that his stuff is being packed up, Bruno seems to become worried that he has done something wrong and is being sent away as a punishment.
In the first chapter Bruno asks his mother a lot of questions, because he is obviously very insecure about leaving the place that has been his home for so long. This makes me feel immediately that the move isn’t going to be successful for the family, and that trouble could be around the corner at any moment, which ultimately proves to be true in the later chapters of the book.
When they go downstairs Bruno’s mother tells him that they are moving, explaining that his Fathers job is very important and that they all have to go with him as his Father has a special job to do. Bruno’s Mother says that if Father were to go alone to his new job then he would be very lonely and would miss them all, to which Bruno replies “who would he miss the most…Me or Gretel?” Trying to get his Mother to choose a favourite, although she is too wise to rise to his question, simply saying he would miss them both equally.
Bruno also shows concern about what will happen to the staff that are employed in the house, asking what will happen to them if they go away, Mother assures Bruno that they will be moving with them. He also wants to know if the new house is going to be more than a mile away than the current one, which makes Mother laugh and say yes quite a lot more than a mile, but it is an uneasy laugh because she doesn’t seem to want Bruno to know the full extent of the move just ...
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