The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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A pun is most often seen as humorous. But, in this novel the narrator uses dark or solemn puns like Out-With and Fury to convey certain meanings. Bruno is simply mispronouncing the real words, but the author is clearly asking the reader to consider a double meaning to these words. Discuss the use of this wordplay as a literary device. What is the narrator trying to convey to the reader? How do these words further communicate the horror of the situation?

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As a literary device, the author uses puns to his benefit. As a very young boy, Bruno has difficulties with the pronunciation of words..... all words. he's just a kid. But our author's use of literary device gives these words addtional mean..... almost as if he's defining them. Fury defines Hitler..... full of anger and violence. Out-With, one the other hand, can be defined as "out-with the Jews".


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