The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | Study Guide

John Boyne

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | Chapter 18 : Thinking Up the Final Adventure | Summary

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Three days later, Bruno sees Shmuel. Shmuel approaches the fence slowly, looking extremely sad. Bruno shares some food, and Shmuel says his father has gone missing and that he knows the soldiers hate the prisoners. Bruno offers to help Shmuel find his father before he departs for Berlin, and the boys determine that they can lift a section of the fence high enough for Bruno to crawl beneath it. Shmuel offers to bring a pair of the striped pajamas for Bruno. This plan excites Bruno, who plans to meet with Shmuel the next day to enter the fenced encampment dressed as a prisoner.

Analysis

After over a year of imprisonment, with mass gassings happening regularly, Shmuel borrows some of Bruno's innocence and does not conclude that his father has been killed. At this point in the story, the boys are on the brink of a discovery that will cost them their remaining innocence. This transition from innocence to experience is a movement from childhood to adulthood. Shmuel is close to learning that the camp is not only a horrible and dangerous place, it is also a place where little boys are left fatherless. Bruno is close to learning not only the truth about the camp, but that his father is the person in charge of the evil that takes place there.

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