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The narration in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is third-person limited omniscient. This choice enables the narrator to share the thoughts of the young characters Bruno, Gretel, and Shmuel while also permitting commentary to continue after Bruno's death.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is written in the past tense.
The title The Boy in the Striped Pajamas refers to a Jewish boy in a Nazi concentration camp, Shmuel, whom the main character, Bruno, befriends. His striped prisoner's clothing resembles pajamas. The subtitle, A Fable, suggests that the story contains both moral instruction and deeper universal truths. The American editions use the spelling Pajamas and British editions, Pyjamas.
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