Summary chapters 1-10

Chapter 1: Bruno Makes a Discovery

Place and time: Berlin

Characters: Bruno, mother, maid Maria

The novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne begins when Bruno comes home and finds that the maid Maria is packing his things. He asks his mother why. She says that Bruno’s father has a new job and the whole family has to move because of it.

Chapter 2: The New House

Place and time: Berlin, Auschwitz (Out-With)

Characters: Bruno, mother, maid Maria, Lieutenant Kotler

After arriving at the new house, Bruno realizes that he does not like it there. He tries to convince his mother to return to Berlin. However, she says that is not possible. Bruno meets Lieutenant Kotler for the first time and finds him scary. He looks out of his window and can see a camp surrounded by a fence.

Chapter 3: The Hopeless Case

Place and time: Auschwitz (Out-With)

Characters: Bruno, Gretel

Bruno enters his sister Gretel's room and talks to her. She does not like it in the new house either. Bruno confides in her that he has seen other children and shows her what he can see from his window.

Chapter 4: What They Saw Through the Window

Place and time: Auschwitz (Out-With)

Characters: Bruno, Gretel

Bruno and Gretel observe the people in the camp, but cannot explain why they are there and what they are doing. They notice the bad conditions of the camp, such as the dirt and the broken barracks. They also notice that everyone is wearing the same clothes, namely pajamas and ...

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