Characters in The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
I liked that Shmuel was a happy kid when he met Bruno and he didn't let the fact that he was a Jew bothered him. Even when Bruno said he wasn't his friend, Shmuel had still forgiven him. I feel bad for Shmuel because a young sweet kid like him shouldn't be in the position he is presently in.
I disliked how Elsa was just fine with the fact that her kids lived next to a concentration camp. I also disliked the fact that she did not put her foot down and act like a good parent. Elsa is a bad parent for the simple fact that she had allowed these things to happen.
I disapproved of Ralf because he was also involved in the participation of killing the Jews. I disliked …show more content…
Also when it came down to his children he really didn't worry to much about them until he seened that they were moving out with their mother.
Pavel had changed because when he was put into this house he didn't talk with anyone. Once Bruno had fell off his swing Pavel helped him out and had started talking with him.
Bruno had changed because he was a good kid until the day he met Shmuel he had became a different person he had started to lie and sneak with food to the camp.
1) " Sitting around miserable all day will not make you happier." Ex: I liked this quote because it's true, why sit around sad and not do anything about it.
2) " Bruno: was not suppose to be friends, you and me. We were meant to be enemies. Did you know that?" Ex: It reminds me when blacks and whites could not get along or be friends, but some did.
3) " Dont make it worse by thinking it's more painful then it actually is." Ex: I like this quote because it means don't make something small into something really big.
4) " Their lost voices must continue to be heard." Ex: This means to me that even though they are dead they still has to be known for what they were doing.
5) " You're my best friend, Shmuel, he said my best friend for life." Ex: This means that they are going to continue to be friends forever.
6) " It's the country side. Perhaps this is our holiday home."
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This shows how Bruno perceives the Jews, or more specifically, Shmuel. Bruno decided that Shmuel was worth finding, and he actually thought that there was a potential friendship waiting to be discovered. He stayed, finding the worth in Shmuel instead of leaving him, "like a dead mouse at the back of the cupboard."
The second struggle in Bruno 's and Shmuel’s friendship is their need to overcome their differences in the family background. One day, Bruno decided to talk about how they came to be in Auschwitz. When Shmuel starts talking about how he got here.He said that, “The train was horrible," said Shmuel. There were too many of us in the carriages for one thing. And there was no air to breathe.” “That 's because you all crowded onto one train,”said Bruno.... “When we came here, there was another one on the other side of the platform, but no one seemed to see it. That was the one we got.” (129-130). When Bruno talks about
he finally has someone to talk to for once rather him sitting all alone contemplating everything he has in his mind and bugging his father, he finally has someone to express his emotions to. This decision changed Bruno as he would after wards continue a conversation with the boy and they would both share each other’s stories. If it wasn’t enough Bruno was now bringing food to the boy that is “Shmuel” without anyone’s permission. But this wouldn’t be the last change Bruno goes through as now Bruno will cross all lines and take the most drastic measure in the
The author is able to build a mood throughout the story by using the narrative technique of tone. It changes from the beginning to the end of the story. In the beginning of the story, Bruno is sad and angry that he is leaving behind his three best friends. He is arguing with his mom about it. “Say goodbye to Karl and Daniel and Martin? He continued, his voice coming dangerously close to shouting.” (pg. 7) This demonstrates how mad and angry Bruno is about moving. By the tone that Bruno is using when talking to his mother, it shows that he doesn’t want to leave them behind. This builds a mood for the story and makes the reader feel sorry for Bruno. In the middle of the story, after Bruno and Shmuel have become great friends, Bruno finds Shmuel inside his house polishing the glasses. Shmuel
Bruno used to live in Berlin in a five story mansion with his three best friends for life; Karl, Daniel and Martin. Bruno’s mateship with his friends is demonstrated at the beginning of the book when he Constantly complains that he must move away from his three best friends for life. “‘Say goodbye to Karl and Daniel and Martin?’... ‘But they’re my three best friends for life!’” pg 7. During the Duration of the book the protagonist latches onto a different, obscure but deeper friendship with another character, through this he realises that Karl,Daniel,and Martin aren’t his best friends after all. “When he thought back he could remember that Karl and Martin were two of his three best friends for life, but try as he might he couldn’t remember who the other one was.” pg 176. Throughout the novel bruno creates an innovative relationship with family member and members of the household, in particular he meets Pavel, the potato peeler. Bruno also improves his love hate relationship with Gretel his sister as well as creating a overwhelming connection with the Family maid Maria.
“‘And that,’ put in the Director sententiously, ‘that is the secret of happiness and virtue – liking what you’ve got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.’” Ch. 1 pg. 16
Bruno was the son of a Nazi commandant, but he had no idea of the horrors of the Holocaust. He was told not to go near the death camp his father was in charge of, but he did anyway. Bruno meet a Jewish boy named Shmuel at the camp and continued to visit him. They enjoyed each other’s company even though there was a fence in between them. One day Shmuel told Bruno that his dad went missing. Neither of the boys knew that he was actually murdered. They came up with a plan to sneak Bruno into the camp to help Shmuel find his dad. After Bruno gets into the camp they begin to search when alarms go off. The boys and other Jewish men get pushed into a room and ordered to take their clothes off. No one knows what’s going on. They are ordered into another room where they are gassed and die. Because of hate and intolerance against Jews, Shmuel was blocked off from the rest of the world and his friend. Bruno fought against that hate and intolerance by sneaking into a place where no one should be, to help a
During the movie, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, many scenes displayed Bruno’s helplessness and inability to help neither the Jews, nor himself in the end. For instance, Lieutenant Kurt revealed to Bruno’s mother about the concentration camps without the knowledge of Bruno’s father. This enraged him so he sought for his revenge by putting Lieutenant Kurt on the spot with the topic of his father, who was said to have left the country in opposition to the German ways. Lieutenant Kurt then released all his anger and frustration on Pavel, a kind Jew who tended to Bruno’s injury after falling off his swing in the beginning of the movie, right in front of Bruno’s eyes. Later, the clueless Bruno found out that he was beaten to death when his sister said that Pavel will never be coming back. Then, there was another scene where Shmuel, Bruno’s new Jewish friend who was also eight years old, was temporarily called out from the concentration camp because they Germans needed a pair of small hands to dry and polish all the glassware at Bruno’s house. Knowing how Shmuel is always hungry, Bruno gave him a few cookies. Right after, Lieutenant Kurt came into the room and found Shmuel eating so he automatically assumed that he stole
The next day where its raining and extremely muddy Bruno went to meetup with Shmuel at the fence to go on the search for Shmuel’s father . Finally Bruno was on the opposite side of the fence , as he was sneaking around trying to blend in with other people he never saw nothing like that seeing everyone looking miserable and skinny.
Bruno not knowing about the camp being a Jewish concentration camp was one of the reasons he went into the camp in the first place. If Bruno had known about Out-With and the real identity of it then he would never have explored to find the dot that became a speck that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy. Since Bruno didn’t know about Out-with and the holocaust he went to explore and find the dot, and that dot became his best friend for a short life. The innocent dot that Bruno found ended up being the tragedy that caused his death. Bruno’s naivety lead him into Out-With along side his best friend for life, Shmuel. Bruno and Shmuel had never played together and Bruno was leaving back home for Berlin that day, the best friends for a short life wanted something to remember about each other. “‘I’d like to have seen it’ He added’. . .’Well?’ said Shmuel. ‘Why don’t you then?’. . .’it would be a great adventure. Our final adventure. I could do some exploring at last’” (Boyne 197-198). Bruno’s best friend for life lead him to the end of both of their lives. Bruno was naive about many things, but nothing more than the situation he had to make the best of and live
major examples of Bruno misinterpreting is when he falls of a swing and cuts his knee. Pavel tended
A major change for Bruno was when they moved from Berlin to Auschwitz. Bruno was outgoing, adventurous and had many friends. After they moved, he became lonely, sad and a little resentful to his parents. He and Gretel were home schooled and he wasn’t allow to go outside anymore. He had no idea of what was going on in the concentration camp or his surrounding and didn’t understand why he couldn’t play with the kids he saw in the camp. After he met Shmuel things started to feel a little more normal for him but unaware that his life will end very soon.
Bruno, initially, has ignorance about everything going on in his life. For example, his dissatisfaction with leaving Berlin is demonstrated in many parts of the story. He is shown to the reader as being innocent, immature, and unable to give things a chance. On many occasions, Bruno complains about moving to “Out-With” (Auschwitz). He continually complains before even giving himself a chance to experience it. He was whining and being stubborn. To illustrate, in the novel, the author says, “Nothing, thought Bruno, not even the insects, would ever choose to stay at Out-With.