One of the main themes in John Boyne's novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is that of friendship. Friendship is defined as the positive feeling of two people whose relationship with each other is characterized by sympathy. Friends trust each other and know each other's strengths and weaknesses.

In the novel The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne this theme is illustrate by the friendship between Bruno, the son of a Nazi commandant, and the Jewish camp inmate Shmuel. The two meet by chance one day at the fence of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Bruno, who is very sociable, approaches Shmuel, who appears rather shy and scared. The two boys begin to talk and from then on they meet regularly in the same place. Shmuel is a prisoner at the camp, Bru...

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