"But when they asked Bruno what his father did he opened his mouth to tell them, then realized that he did no know himself"(5)
This notifies me that Bruno's father does not really talk about his job so maybe the job is very secretive.
I think that Bruno has to get used to his new house and town. Bruno is worried because his new hose has no other houses around his. He wishes there were other houses around his because he wants to be able to play with friends and he misses his other friends from his other town that he move from. (12)
"your father knows whats best" (59)
Bruno's father is the head of the house. Everyone in the household follows his rules. Father can be sort of bossy.
Bruno had fell of his tire swing face first and his foot got stuck in the swing. He had fell on his hand which was covered in cuts and scrapes. Bruno was gushing blood and felt awful. This part of the story really popped out at me. (78)
Pavel wanted to be a doctor but instead he is the servant he wont tell anyone why he wanted to be a doctor but now he is not. I am wondering why he did not want to tell any one why he is not a doctor? (85)
It looks like Bruno is really missing his old town. He is telling a story about how much fun he use to have at the get to gathers at his house. He really missed his grandparents and missed that fact that they use to live only a few minutes away from each other. (87)
Bruno loves to explore. He knows everything about Out-With but not much about his new house so he decides to explore it. Bruno is not really sure what he is going to encounter. (99)
Bruno had wrote to his grandma that he watched all the different people in the striped pajamas. Bruno does not understand what the means because his father never explained it to him. Bruno does not get that those suits represent something bad.(100)
On Bruno's exploration he found a boy that he could be friends with only he was on the other side of the fence wearing the striped pajamas. Bruno started a conversation withe the boy and when he looked at the boy, Bruno thought he seemed all disheveled and gray. (107)
Bruno's dad does look like he has some authority in the army. (41)
I think that this power might inspire bruno to be feel as if he can do whatever he would like and give him a sence of freedom. (41)
"he hit me even i did nothing wrong" (128) It seems that Shmuel is having a very hard time on the other side of the fence. He does not know why that boy keeps on hurting him. Shmuel did not do anything wrong.
Bruno's father seems to be avoiding the fact that there is a consontration camp in there backyard. All he has told Bruno is that the people he sees are not people and not to worry. (52)
I think that Bruno's father does not want to tell Bruno about the consentrattion camp because it might scare him and also may make Bruno think he is an evil man. I think he is going to wait till Bruno is older to tell him. (52)
I really agree with this comment. I believe that Bruno's father did not want to tell him about what he was doing to the Jews because he thinks that Bruno would be scared that his father was doing this.
Bruno is getting so bored just sitting around doing nothing. He has no friends to play with. (71)
I think that Bruno will see kids in the consontration camp and maybe he will talk to them. (71)
Bruno is very brave and what he did was climb under the wire fence just to get to know his new friend better. But, what he did not know is that he was risking his life because if one of the generals came out and saw him he would severely in trouble.(132)
Bruno keeps wondering why his new friend Shmuel is so skinny. I wonder if Bruno is going to bring him food or do anything about it. But I am not really sure if Bruno is going to bring him food and I hope he does.
Bruno is going to do some exploring outside of his house. (101)
I think that Bruno is going to go right up to the fence and look inside the consontration camp. Maybe he will meet someone to play with. (101)
I love how Bruno thought of Shmuel and brought him food it was vey nice of Bruno to think of him. That is so nice. (140)
Two qualities I to Bruno are braveness and he is such a giver. He is brave because he is actually take time out his day go see a boy that he hardly knows and he is a giver when he gave the food to Shmuel
Bruno told his sister that he had an imaginary friend to cover up the fact that he had a friend behind the fence when he knew he was not supposed to. Bruno was willing to sacrifice his sisters thought of him to not tell anyone about Shmuel. He knows that if he tells anyone him and Shmuel with get in trouble. Bruno is very smart. (160)
After being rude to Bruno's mother, Lieutenant Kotler gave an eloquent chuckle. Bruno understood what was going on clearly. Kotler did not care about respecting what Bruno's mother was saying. Bruno was frowning at Kotler because he was so unhappy with what he was saying. (163)
"You have been eating. Did you steal something from that fridge?" Shumel was acting ravenous. He was starving. Nobody feeds the people on the other side of the fence because they want the Jews to starve to death. So when Shmuel was brout in to the house to clean dishes he was looking for food. (171)
Already on page 1, you can tell that "Father" is a demeaning character.
Bruno's father is going to work for "The Fury" which took place in the Holocaust- Hitler wants him to be a Nazi- that's why their family is moving.
Only when Bruno leaves is when he realizes how much he really loved Berlin and his old house. (12)
Why does Bruno call Gretel a "Hopeless Case" all the time?
What position does Father have in The Fury? Is he some sort of leader or something? (51)
Bruno doesn't know what his father really does- he doesn't know who the Jewish captives are, and he doesn't even know what 'Heil Hitler' means- he just thinks that it's another way of saying goodbye or something. (55)
A life lived in fear is a life not a life worth living. John Boyne uses this in the character Bruno. Bruno shows a ton of fearlessness in his actions. One way that Bruno does not live in fear is when he talks to the boy on the other side of the fence. “Bruno slowed down when he saw the dot that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy” (106). Bruno was very brave to approach the boy who he knew nothing about accept that he lived on the other side of the fence. He probably thought there was nothing holding him back. If he had been fearful, there would be no adventure and no fun moments for him to be excited about. Bruno knows that there would be no point in being fearful because there nothing excited him at home. He feels that if he was fearful there would not be a friend to talk to and he would be thinking about all the friends he had in Berlin.
Another way that Bruno shows his fearlessness. “‘I’m sorry I’m late’ he said, hand some of the bread and cheese through the wire” (138). This shows Bruno’s fearlessness because he does not know if he is going to get caught by the soldiers on the other side of the fence. if he got caught both him and his friend would be in huge trouble. Bruno is willing to take the risk to be a nice person and to help people out. Bruno is a very fearless for taking this chance.
The last way that Bruno shows he does not live in fear is when Bruno goes on the other side of the fence. “he could call the whole thing off and that, as any explorer of note knows, would have been out of the question” (203). This is considered fearless because Bruno could have stopped the whole adventure if he was scared but instead he has no fear and continues exploring the other side of the fence. He went on the other side of the fence to look for his friend’s grandpa. He does not know what is at stake. Bruno is very fearful and brave because he will take the risk just to know what was on the other side of the fence and to really embrace the moments of getting fully meet his new friend.
Unfortunately, at the end the book Bruno passed away because of the risks he took. He died by being brought into a noxious or harmful chemical shower. Although he died and it was very sad he lived a fulfilled life with many great experiences and adventures. By being fearless it opened him up to new things that he would not have done if he was fearful. Bruno’s life was very worth living. I do not think that if he had the choice to live his life again knowing that he was going to die he would still go on the same adventures. He was never had ambivalent feelings before going on his adventures because he knew what he wanted to get done and he was happy about it.
Maria can't speak her opinion about the matter of Father's job, because she's afraid that it may cause her to lose her job, or even be killed, because she doesn't agree with The Fury. (58)
Maria owes her life to Father, because he saved her life when she needed a place to stay, and he gave her food and shelter, in return for her to watch Bruno and Gretel. (60)
Bruno and Gretel are nostalgic about their old house- they miss it very much.
Why is Mother connecting to Franz? Does she have unknown history with him? (68)
Gretel antagonizes Bruno due to him being hostile toward her in the morning. (74)
Why is Kotler so mean to Pavel? Is it because he is Jewish or something? (76)
If Bruno knew what kind of man Father really was, he would think that he was just as nasty as Kotler. (77)
Grandmother knows who Father really is- she blames herself for not knowing better than to think that he would go into war and come back unchanged. Now he is a completely different man, doing horrible things to innocent people. (93)
It's so fascinating how Bruno thinks of Shmuel as another friend instead of an enemy, or a disgusting slave, which is what his father thinks of him, (114)
Mother obviously doesn't agree with everything that Father agrees with. She doesn't think it's healthy for the kids to be living in a life like this- influenced by The Fury. (124)
It is so frustrating reading this and Bruno being so oblivious about literally anything around him. He never listens to anything anyone else has to say- he's the most stubborn character I've ever read about.
"Its a very important job."(5) Bruno doesn't know his fathers job and his mom is careful not to tell Bruno. Is it illegal or is it very secretive. Or maybe Bruno is to young to understand.
"Well I don't like that we have to turn the lights off at night." Turning off the lights keeps the family safe. Something is up with the fathers job maybe he is a spy.
Does Lieutenant Kotler beat Shmuel or some of the kids in his division? (141)
Lieutenant Kotler's father left Germany because he didn't like what was going on with the goverment, and since Father is a very strong patriot- a Nazi in simpler terms- he can't believe that someone would ever want to leave the Motherland. (148)
On page 1 it says, "...pulling all of his belongings out of the wardrobe and packing them in 4 large wooden crates..." (1). I have a prediction that the maid is doing this because Bruno is moving.
On page 6 it says, " 'oh my' said mother with a laugh..." She answered this way when Bruno asked if where they were moving to was more than a mile a way. I can predict that it is really far away, and maybe even to a different country.
"You'll have to say goodbye to your friends for the time being' said mother". (7). I feel bad for Bruno because he has to leave his friends .
"...some of whom were were standing around smoking cigarettes and laughing about something while nervously looking up at the house"(27). I think the people who work with Bruno's father are making fun of the house.
On page 26 it says, "I don't think the other children look at all friendly." They haven't seen any new kids, so why is Bruno saying that?
On page 29 it says, " ... and she saw exactly what Bruno had been talking about." What is so bad about the children?
"You cant imagine what it is like to need food."(60) Maria the made is telling Bruno about her history. Bruno's father is a good man. He helps many people. Moving to this house must be for the better of the family.
"If the commandant asks we'll say that I cleaned Bruno up." I don't understand this who is the commandant and why does the family have to be so secretive.(85)
On page 131 it says " 'Thats not fair at all. There's no one to play with on this side of the fence' " Bruno is jealous that Shmuel has so many kids to play with, but Shmuel says that they are mean.
On page 133, it says "...excited about what had happened and wanting nothing more than to tell Mother and Father and Gretel." I don't think Bruno should tell them because he wasn't supposed to go near the other side of the fence. I have a feeling that there is something wrong with the people on the other side of the fence, so his Mother and Father and Gretel will be worried.
This shows a really strong idea about the happy and laughing soldiers, and then the sad and crying prisoners. (208)
On page 141 it says, " ' Leutenant Kotler, he scares me.'
' he scares me too a little' admitted Bruno. " I think that they are both scared of him because he is mean to them. I can infer that maybe he has yelled at or beat them before.
"who decided which people wore striped pajamas and which people wore the nice uniforms."(100) Why are these people in these uniforms. Are they training to be soldiers. Based on the the front cover of the book I think that Bruno will come into contact with these people.
"We were born on the same day." This is very weird. Is Bruno dreaming or is Schmuel a lost brother. He is Jewish and the author said something about fighting natzies. Is this a concentration camp?
"One afternoon Shmuel had a black eye, and when Bruno asked him about it he just shook his head and said that he didn't want to talk about it"(150). I think Leutenant Kotler beat him up, because earlier in the book, Shmuel said that he is scared of him and doesn't like to talk about him.
It's so wonderful that Shmuel and Bruno are best friends now even though theyve only really had contact one time besides being on two opposing sides of the fence., (213)
BRUNO DIED WITH SHMUEL WHICH WAS IS BEST FRIEND I CANT (214)
"I come home and mother is drawing a star on each wristband."(127) Bruno's father is a Natzi general. Bruno's friend is a jew being held captive. This will create huge problems when father figures out where Bruno has been gong.
On page 159, Gretel says, "I'm 13 years old, for heavens sake! I can't afford to act like a child even if you can" She says this right after Bruno says that Shmuel is his imaginary friend. Gretel was just doing this to make fun of Bruno because he is younger. I know this because right after she makes fun of him, she runs over to her dolls and scolds them for being "messy". Dolls are imaginary too, so that means she is also acting like a child.
On page 162, it says, "…always in the living room with Mother and making jokes with her, and Mother laughed at his jokes more than she laughed at Father's." Maybe Bruno thinks that his mom likes Leutenant Kotler more than his father. He is probably jealous that Lieutenant Kotler is around more than his father.
Bruno doesn't understand many things going on in the story. For example Bruno has no idea what is going on at the other side of that fence until he explores there. Bruno was probably put into a gas chamber and killed. The author does this purposely when creating a book about the holocaust. If Bruno were to understand what was happening or if he was older it would tell a lot more terrible details that should not be included. (205)
" ' I've never seen him before in my life. I don't know him' " Bruno says this because he doesn't want Kotler to know that he is friends with Shmuel from concentration camp. Bruno should have just admitted that he knew him because Shmuel then got into a lot . of trouble. ( page 172)
On page 164, it says, " 'Tell me something I don't know about it' " Lieutenant Kotler thinks he knows everything, so this may be another reason why bruno doesn't like him.
On page 169 it says, " ' Thats a question you never have to ask me' ". Shmuel says this when Bruno asks him if he's hungry. Samuel says this because they don't treat people very well in concentration camp.
"…especially when it was the last time they were going to see each other" (209). Maybe they will see each other again if Bruno comes back to visit.
Maybe Shmuels papa wasn't missing, maybe he got injured and died in concentration camp. On page 209 it says, " "i'm sorry we didn't find any evidence." I don't think they are going to find him because Bruno is leaving tomorrow.
Brunos parents don't want him to be aware of the horrible event that is going on and they don't want him to go far away from his house so he doesn't see the people in the concentration camps such as shmuel.
This book is about a young, Jewish boy that is taken captive by the Nazis. During his long, dark life in the concentration camp he meets a friend. Even though they aren't allowed to be friends they somehow manage to figure it out.
¨..., his mother had always told him that he was to treat Maria respectfully and not just imitate the way Father spoke to her¨(pg. 1). This quote made me think that his dad was very disrespectful to people and doesn't really care how he treats them. Even though I haven't met Bruno's father yet, I think that John Boyne, the author has given the reader a little hint about what Bruno's father is like.
"But when they asked Bruno what his father did he opened his mouth to tell them, then realized that he didn't know himself" (pg. 5). This quote made me realize that Bruno probably doesn't talk to his father much. I also think that Bruno and his father don't have a close relationship.
"Well, sometimes when someone is very important, the, the man who employs him asks him to go somewhere else because there's a very special job that needs doing there" (pg. 4). Bruno and his family are moving. Bruno has no idea why but his mom keeps telling him that it has to do with his fathers job.
"But there were no other streets around the new house, no one strolling along or rushing around, and definitely no shops or fruit and vegetable stalls" (pg. 13). Bruno and his family just arrived at the new house. Bruno doesn't like how there are no other kids around and especially how there are no other houses around.
"I think this was a bad idea" (pg. 13). Bruno decided to tell his mother what he thought about the whole moving situation. Bruno told his mom that moving was a bad idea. I don't think that Bruno's parents really listen to what Bruno has to say.
What will happen when Bruno sees the boy behind the fence? What will he think of him.
"Did you bring your dolls" pg 21. Sometimes when moving things change and how you think about things change too. I feel like his sister will stop using dolls.
" Are you nine? All the nine years old are taller than you". pg 22. When I was eight I used to be the smallest and people thought of me as a six year old instead which meant I feel like Bruno at times.
"But there were no houses around" pg 13. To see know houses around your neighborhood makes you feel isolated or different. This also meant no friends for a while.
"I want to go home" pg 24 I knew that Bruno would want to go home because he misses his friends and feels like he is different.
Since there are so man soldiers around I think that this will make one of the children want to become like the soldiers who harm the Jews.
"It was as if it were another city entirely, the people all living and working together side by side. pg 100. I feel like Bruno is in his own Utopia where as the other people are living in a place where they wish they could escape.
¨Did not look so high any more"pg 101. This shows that overtime Bruno begins to grow over the period of time because before the window used to be so high but now he can reach.
During the book Bruno talks about taking an adventure or trying something different way beyond his boundaries. Bruno was trapped inside a house and assiduously jumped out the window landing safely on the ground.
"Bruno, just do it, please!" (pg. 14). Bruno's mother has had enough with Bruno complaining about the move. She screamed at him and Bruno got really scared.
" … and now he was stuck here in this cold, nasty house…" (pg. 15). Bruno tried everything to get his parents to move back to his old house but nothing worked. Finally Bruno realized that there was no way that his parents would move back to there old house.
"This isn't home and it never will be" (pg. 16). I thought this quote showed all the anger Bruno was feeling about this move. Nobody fully understander that Bruno really wanted to move back and that he left his whole life back in Berlin.
"… and hope that when he climbed out again he'd have woken up and be back home again" (pg. 17). Bruno is now starting to dream about going home. He won't stop talking about the move and how much he doesn't like it.
"Oh, I'm tired of hearing about Father's job,… that's all that we ever hear about…" (pg. 17). Ever since the move, Bruno has just gotten sick hearing about how this move was for his father and that his job is what caused the move. Bruno doesn't care if its about his father, all he wants to do is move back home.
"Well, if Father's job means that we have to move away from our house and the sliding banister and my three best friends for life, then I think Father should think twice about his job, don't you think?" (pg. 17). Bruno has finally let out what he has been trying to say forever. Bruno really wants his father to find a new job because it will result in them moving back and Bruno being back with his friends and his house.
"He was not allowed near the fence or the camps" pg 102. This shows or gives me an idea that Bruno disregards his parents and goes against there wishes. But what could happen to himm if he did leave to go to the fence.
"All Bruno could see was a bunch of sad eyes looking back" pg 107. I could see through this book all the tention it had and how things seemed to look at this boy. All I could see is a boy crying out for help and in need.
What does the boy think of Bruno comparing him to himself, has he thought of saying can you help me out?
The name Shumel makes me think of not like the winds as Bruno sees it but as small but in a different way it was pronounced.
"Were like twins" pg 110. I think this is really cute because you could say your a twin to someone if you look like them but it was cute that he thought of him as a twin because of there ages and now Bruno has a friend to talk to.
"Were're superior" pg 113. Reading this makes me think that his father has brainwashed him into thinking that Germany is better than any other place.
This quote shows me that Bruno's father does not really talk about his job so maybe the job is very secretive and mysterious or maybe there is another reason to why he doesn't talk about it that we don't know. "But when they asked Bruno what his father did he opened his mouth to tell them, then realized that he did no know himself" (page. 5)
When Bruno leaves it really hits him. He realizes how much he really loved Berlin and his old house and how much he missed all of that. (p.12)
Bruno tried everything to get his parents to move back to his old house because he really missed it and wanted to move back but nothing worked. He couldn't convince them. Finally Bruno realized that there was no way that his parents would move back to there old house and he gave up trying to convince his parents. (p.15)
Bruno is now thinking and dreaming about his old house and his old life. (page.17)
Bruno was just upset about the whole situation about him moving. He is also very upset about how he had to move all because of his dads job and he was very upset. (page 18)
I think that the move has changed him a little bit. Sometimes when you move things can change and how you think about things change as well. I feel like his sister will stop using dolls and that will change her too. (page.22)
Bruno still has no idea where his family is going away to. It's like they are keeping it a secret for him until they actually get there.
The book starts off by him finding out that he is moving by seeing his maid packing his stuff.
While reading the book The Boy with the Striped Pajamas I learned that goodness transcends sterotypes. Many people espeacilly young people are brainwashed by something that is false because they only understand one side of the story, but by Bruno adventuring through a new place he moves to he ends up learning the other side of the fence’s story.
When Bruno first finds out Shmuel is Jewish, he says “Your a Jew. You can’t be. I think I should go now”. This shows that Bruno is once told that jewish people are the bad people and that he shouldn’t be envolved with them. He realizes that if Shmuel is Jew, then he shouldn’t talk to him because of Bruno’s prior know. Then she explains that the people on the other side of the fence are Jews and that the fence is there to keep them from getting out and mixing with anyone else. When Bruno asks her what he and their family are, if not Jews, she says simply that they are "the opposite" (183). The mother shows in the quote that Jewish people are different and the people who are the same should stay away from them. When Bruno looks at himself in the mirror, he feels sick, but thinks that now he looks even more like Shmuel. This shows that Bruno is feeling more like Shmuel but this isn’t a good thing. Shmuel is a boy who is Jewish and lives on the other side of the fence but Bruno is told to never go near him because of his history. This is the time of when Jews where being in camps and non-jews seperated themselves from “those types of people”. Also another part of the book Bruno lies Kotler telling him he stole a piece of desert but he actually gave him the piece to Shmuel. He is still a child in the midst of overwhelming conditions of order and authority.If he stands up for Shmuel, there is an immediate challenge to a brutal authority structure. He is to only understand not to stand up for the “Evil” which are the Jewish people. Bruno is told to believe what people tell him to believe not allowing him to have his own beliefs.
There is a true friendship between Bruno and Shmuel in the boy in the striped pajamas. They are both innocent, naive boys that do not care for the cultural differences between one another and just appreciate what they have in common. Bruno is always there to keep Shmuel company and to play games together. They stay loyal to each and help each other even when it leads them to their demise. Then this leads to Bruno going on a search to help his friend who he now knows as a good guy but not a bad person as when his parents described him. You shouldn’t believe everything you hear but do your own research and that’s what Bruno did.
Bruno's father didn't even know what his own job was. All he knew was that he was important and 'a man to look out for' as his father says.
I think that Bruno's dad does know what he does for his job, but he decides to keep it a secret from his family.
There are so many things that Bruno has to worry about, and every time he says something that he is worried about to his mother she makes up the same excuse and it is, "do you not care about your fathers job?"
It seems like Bruno is the only one in the family that actually cares about moving. His mother, father, and even his sister doesn't care!
I think that Bruno is worried about moving because he is scared that he will not fit in, and that he will be different than everyone else.
The people that Bruno missed the most were his grandparents. He had a very strong relationship with them, stronger then with his parents.
The author, John Boyne decided to have a narrator tell the story in 3rd person. By doing this is impacts the story majorly because it changes the way the reader feels about the story.
Bruno missed his friends and i wants to go home. From the second he left I knew he always wanted to go back to her friends and where he use to live. (p.26)
Bruno is a really really stubborn character. He doesn't want to listen to what anyone else has to say and he doesn't care either. He may be one of the most stubborn characters I have ever read about in all the books I've read.
All by himself Bruno decides that hes going to speak to his father. Bruno remembers when they left their old house and he said it does't really look like it without all the furniture and everything taken out of it. (p.38)
Mother even has a feeling that she somewhat wished they never left and never moved. She does agree with Bruno a little bit and does miss their old house. (p.40)
Bruno is very upset about having to move and is disobeying his parents.(5-10)
Bruno can't be happy at the new house because it is the polar opposite of what he used to live in.
I predict that Bruno and Gretel have seen a concentration camp or Nazis.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is a book filled with friendship between two totally different people. The bond between these two boys in literally inseperable. Struggling through harsh and tramatic times, one of the boys is living through the painstaking times of the Haulacaust. Bruno and Schmuel’s friendship is strong enough to transcend their differences.
Now its time to meet these two bestfriends. One of the boys’ names is Bruno. Bruno is a boy living the modern life of a wealthy family through the Haulacaust. When Bruno moved into his new house, there was no one to talk to; he had no friends yet. Soon enough, Bruno realizes something suspicious about his dad, and strange people in his house. Later to learn, Bruno sees a fence. This was not just a fence; behind this fence, was a totally different world. Behind this fence were people, people in pajamas, which were supposed to be uniforms; but for what?
Schmuel is the other main character in this intense story line. In the story, he is apart of the horible consentration camps in the Haulacaust. Schmuel is behind the fence, that Bruno discovers. Schmuel’s family later gets killed, sadly because the concentration camps got to them, and killed them.
Every little thing Bruno does for Schmuel impacts their friendship. Bruno would visit Schmuel everyday. When the two boys met up, Bruno would bring food for Schmuel, games, and the company of himself. Together, the boys played games for hours to past the terible hours Schmuel would have suffered. Brining food fufilled Schmuels empty stomach, because being in the Haulacaust, the “prisoners” were starved.
After many weeks of delivering food, games, and company to Schmuel, Bruno’s mother started to suspect something. Bruno’s mother kept asking him why he kept taking so much food, and where he was brining it. Determind to help his friend, Bruno continues visiting Schmuel. Bruno does not care about getting in trouble, all he cares about it being with his friend.
The relationship of Bruno and Schmuel must be pretty strong for Bruno to do the un- thinkable. Bruno decided in order for him to be by his bestfriend’s side, he needed to literally be by his side. After completely shaving his head, and getting the striped pajamas, Bruno decided to join his friend. Bruno dug a hole under the fence, and joined the consentration camps. All to be with a friend, Bruno wanted to risk his life.
Schmuel and Bruno did, obiously have many differences throughout the story. Eventhough they differed from eachother, they had many common intrests. Being different from one another did not, in any way stop the two boys from being friends. Risking all of the trouble he could be in, Bruno kept visiting, and hanging out with Schmuel.
Overall, dispite many differences, friends can still relate. Being different from one another, just brought Bruno and Schmuel closer. Bruno did so many unthinkable things, anf favors for Schmuel. Bruno brought Schmuel food everyday, brought them games to play together, provided company for him, and even gave his all, his life to be with Schmuel in the horrid consentration camps. All in all, good friends stick togther through the hardest times.
I wonder what Bruno has against Gretel and why he always calls her a hopeless case all the time. I wonder if something happened to make him that way with her. (p.50)
I wonder if the dad is some kind of leader or something... What position does he have in the Fury? Also what does he do? There are a lot of questionable things.
As im reading I figured out that Bruno has no idea what his dad does and what Hitler is. He doesn't know how bad of a person Hitler is or what he even does to jews. (p.55) Bruno is clueless and has no idea.
His fathers job is very serious and Maria can't express her feelings and say what she really thinks about the dads job. There are reasons why she can't but mainly they have been their for each other in the past. (p.60)
Bruno's father has Bruno say,"Heil Hitler" and salute. This means that the place they were taken to is a concentration camp and Bruno's dad is one of Hitlers commanders.
Bruno is very upset about all that has been going on and runs out the house, and he attempts to take his mind of it by running around his driveway.
Bruno is having a flashback about his grandparents, he then sends them a letter. I predict that later in the book something tragic is going to happen to them.
Bruno is finally going exploring outside at the Out-With. I predict that he is going to meet someone from the concentration camp.
Bruno has met someone on the other side named Shmuel and Shmuel has a Jewish star on his arm. This means he is Jewish. But even though Bruno is German (during WWII) they are still talking to each other even when they have drastic differences.
The "Fury's" identity has been revealed, and it was Adolf Hitler, and his wife.
I think Bruno was scared at first to move because he wad very worried that he wouldn't fit in and he wouldn't be able to make friends.
I wonder what is going on.. Does the mother have history with him that no one knows about... I wonder why she is talking and connecting with Franz so much.
Kotler is being very mean and obnoxious to Pawel. I wonder if its because of his religion. Maybe its because hes Jewish. I wonder why he is acting this way toward him. (p.74)
Kotler is very mean and nasty. Bruno's father has a lot of traits like him and is just like him. In my opinion if Bruno really knew his father and knew how nasty he was he would think he is just like Kotler. (p.78)
Despite the fact that Bruno and Shmuel have totally different lives, they manage to build a friendship that is almost unbreakable.
Brunos grandma knows his dad very well and knows the real side to him. She knows how nasty he really is. She is now blaming herself. She said she was stupid enough not to get him help when he came home from being in a war. She blames herself for how he acts and how he is now. (p.93)
At first Bruno couldn't see outside the window because it was too high and he was too short. Now hes gotten to the point where he can see outside the window and he has grown a lot and he has even matured.
When I came across the part where it says "were superior" In my mind it sounds very conceited and rude. I also think there is a possibility that his father has brainwashed him into thinking that Germany is better than any other place. (p.113)
Bruno's father is a Nazi general. Bruno doesn't know that and I think its better off that he doesn't because its a very bad thing. Bruno's friend is a Jew being held captive and that is such a hard thing for him to have to think about.., This will create huge problems when father figures out where Bruno has been gong. His father has no idea that Bruno it going to see his friend in such a bad place. "I come home and mother is drawing a star on each wristband."(127) That shows an example of what I explained.
I think Leutenant Kotler beat him up, because earlier in the book, Shmuel said that he is scared of him and doesn't like to talk about him. This is a very tricky situation and I think he is scared to go near him. "One afternoon Shmuel had a black eye, and when Bruno asked him about it he just shook his head and said that he didn't want to talk about it"(150). That quote shows what I just explained.
Lieutenant Kotler thinks he knows everything, so this may be another reason why Bruno doesn't like him. Bruno has a lot of problems with him and is not happy with a lot of things he does. "Tell me something I don't know about it" (p.164) That shows how conceited he is.
I predict Pavel was Shmuel's grandfather because they don't know where he is and I also predict that Lieutenant Kotler killed Pavel. That is why Shmuel has not seen his grandfather and his dad is very upset whenever they mention him.
Bruno didn't admit to being Shmuel friend and Lieutenant Kotler beat up Shmuel.
Everything is going downhill and I predict that there is going to be a fight between Bruno's parents.
In the book there was a quote that said this is a question that you don't have to ask me. Samuel says this because they don't treat people very well in concentration camp. There aren't a lot of food at all and they are treated extremely bad (p.169)
No one feeds anyone on the other side of the fence at the concentration camp. They want the jews to starve to death which is a horrible thing. When he is brought to clean the dishes he looks in the house if there is any food he can eat because he is starving. (p.171)
It is extremely sad for Shmuel because he has to suffer through all of this. He has to go through so much and it is horrible. I wonder if he will get out or if he will get caught since he was looking for food. He is treated so bad. (p.175)
A really strong idea that has came up in the book about the happy and laughing soldiers, and then the sad and crying prisoners. (p.208) It is very sad and horrible for the prisoners to live such a bad life like this. They have to go through so much.
Bruno and the 2 boys kept serching the camp for something. I wonder what it is. Bruno wasn't exactly sure what he was looking for either. In the book it says "a good explorer would know it when he found it". (p.209)
Bruno heard people marching somewhere unwillingly. Then he heard gun shots. Thats all he heard. This was so scary for Bruno. (211)
Shmuel was very scared. He got close to Bruno. He didn't know what was going to happen. They were in this tight little space waiting for the storm to pass. (p.212)
Shmuel was very upset. I just found out that his papa was gone. They weren't able to save him, therefore Shmuel was very upset and worried. (p.212)
The book ended and it said how nothing like this would ever happen in this day and age and it was a long time ago. Its sad to think that that kind of stuff happened like this back then. (p.215)
John Boyne’s The Boy In The Striped Pajamas is a story about a young boy, Bruno, whose curiosity and good-nature leads him into a laborious situation. Bruno is the son of a commander for the Nazi’s. Schmuel is a jewish inmate of one of the many concentration camps. Despite the fact that these two kids live two totally different lives, they manage to still build a friendship that is almost unbreakable. Schmuel’s desperation is what motivates Bruno to reach out a hand of friendship.
The way they met was when one day Bruno was taking a walk in the woods, and came across a fence. Sitting behind the fence was a little boy named Schmuel. The two boys talked and became very good friends. Bruno learned a lot about Schmuel, and right away wanted to help him. Schmuel was desperate to find his dad. Out of all the problems that Schmuel had in his life, this was first on his list. The two boys came up with a compromise: If Schmuel was able to get Bruno a pair of the striped pajamas, then he would sneak past that fence, and into the concentration camp to help find Schmuel’s dad. Sure enough, Schmuel was able to get Bruno a pair of striped pajamas, and the adventure started.
Despite the fact that Bruno and Shmuel have totally different lives, they manage to build a friendship that is almost unbreakable. Schmuel had been separated from his father for a while, and needed to find him. Now that him and Bruno had become such close friends, he couldn’t bare to wait any longer, so he asked Bruno, “Would you dare do it?”. Although this is a short quote, it really shows how strong Bruno and Schmuel’s friendship is. The way it does that is because Schmuel wouldn’t just ask anyone to sneak into the camp, and risk their lives just to find his dad. Also, Bruno of course says yes to helping him. The fact that Bruno is risking his life just to help someone else, that isn’t related to him, is what defines Bruno and Schmuel’s relationship. Using this quote to prove my thesis is appropriate because this quote symbolizes Schmuel’s desperation, and Bruno’s well-being, in just five words. It does this because Bruno asks in a way that is risky, but at this point doesn’t even care because he has been deprived of his dad for years. In spite of the fact that Bruno doesn’t even talk in the quote that was used, the fact that Schmuel even asked him that question shows that Bruno is an altruistic person.
The fact that Schmuel is audacious in finding his father is what leads to Bruno being inspired to acquaint himself in the journey of finding Schmuel’s dad. Throughout this story, Bruno has helped Schmuel tons. However, Schmuel has also helped Bruno immeasurably. Schmuel has shown Bruno the hardships of life for the majority of people during that time period. Embracing a hand of devotion and empathy can change the lives of many.
In the book The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne, there is a character named Bruno, and a character named Shmuel. They have many differences that they must overcome(Shmuel is Jewish and Bruno is German and World War 2 is taking place and the Germans made very obscene behavior towards the Jewish people). But since they are young boys they are able to ignore it and deny the fact that they shouldn’t be together. Usually ignorance is a bad thing in a friendship, except in this case. Ignorance allowed Bruno and Shmuel to become friends against all odds.
Bruno didn’t exactly understand why he wasn't supposed to be with Shmuel and why he shouldn’t like him. His sister told him that he wasn’t supposed to like them (the Jews) because, “they are Jewish”. Bruno also didn’t understand why the ¨Jews¨ always had a plethora of work and why the soldiers weren’t impartial to the Jewish community. Since Bruno vaguely understood these things, he was able to ignore it ( the hatred) and become Shmuel’s friend. The ignorance helped here because Germans were supposed to hate Jews. But since Bruno didn’t know the situation (World War II) he treated Shmuel like any other boy and that was a factor of the ignorance.
Shmuel on the other hand did understand these thing but didn’t know who Bruno was (the son of a Nazi). Shmuel’s ignorance about Bruno’s identity allowed him to have a conversation with him as if he were just any other boy. Like the time he shared with Bruno about the Star emblem on his pajamas and how beautiful he thought it was. Bruno then drew a picture in the dirt of the symbol on his Dad’s uniform, it was the the Nazi symbol used for the Nazi’s. Shmuel realized that his new friend was the son of a Nazi but Shmuel chose to ignore this and remained friends with Bruno. Bruno was nice to Shmuel and didn’t seem to care (or know) that Shmuel was Jewish. Bruno brought him food every day and would talk to him and tell him stories.
If Bruno had fully understood the situation and if Shmuel had understood the situation too they would never have become friends. Bruno would have just kept on walking along the fence when they first met. Shmuel would not have accepted Bruno’s kindness had he knew the truth for fear of retaliation in the camp against him or towards members of his family. This is how the ignorance by both boys helped them to see beyond what was around them and to establish a friendship with each other. Bruno’s and Shmuel’s ignorance about each other and their differences made it easier for both of them to cope with their unique life situations. One as a prisoner of segregation from the rest of the world and the other the son of a nazi commander responsible for the enforcing the segregation. In desperate times when people are lonely ignorance can be a good thing instead of a bad thing.
Bruno is moving. Also his family is wealthy. I wonder what happens.
The book I read was, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by, John Boyne’s. Bruno has a personality that is very curious. That leads him into sticky situations. Bruno’s dad is the head of the Natzi group. Bruno and Schmuel live totally different lives and Schmuel definitely has it much harder. He goes through a lot of tough things in the concentration camp. Bruno and Schmuel have a very tight friendship and they are very close to eachother. Schmuel lived with his mother and father. One day he came home from school and he had to start wearing an armband with the Jewish Star of David on it. He was very confused but he did it anyways. Then a few months later the soldiers forced Shmuel and his family to move to another place that had only one room for eleven people. Little did they know it was a concentration camp. In my opinion the moments where Schmuel escapes fear are the most worthwhile moments.
Bruno and Schmuel met in an extremely weird but interesting way. The two boys became very good friends. Bruno came across a fence one day and Schmuel happened to be sitting on the other side. The other side where he was happened to be the concentration camp. At the same time while all of this was going on Schmuel needed to find his dad. Bruno agreed to helping him but on one condition. He made a deal with Schmuel. Bruno told him if he was able to get him striped pajamas then he would find a way to sneak on to the concentration camp and help find Schmuel’s dad. He was able to pull it off. He got them for Bruno. So then it began. Bruno was going to help find his dad and that was one of the first things Schmuel was worried about out of everything else. Schmuel worries about almost everything. When he had to get Bruno the striped pajamas he was so worried that he didn’t know if he could even do it, but the thing that should out was bruno came out of his shell and did it just so he could find his dad. Another example is when Schmuel he heard sounds at night and people marching to this secret place. He looked out the window but was very afraid that someone would take him. The scariest part was the people never returned after where they marched too. One day Schmuel decided that he couldn’t live him life in fear every second of everyday. So he was a little bit adventurous. Schmuel hit under a rock and watched the people march and tried to see where they were going. Each day he got a little bit more adventurous. He was coming out of his comfort zone a little bit. He was not living his life in total fear anymore.
Despite the fact that Schmuel has it very rough he still needs to keep his head up high and look on the bright side. Schmuel cannot live his whole life in fear. By him stepping out of his comfort zone and being afraid of less will definitely get him farther. Another example is when Bruno comes to help him find his dad he gets very nervous and worried. Bruno is a very good friend and tries to help Schmuel get over his fears. The fact that bruno even took that risk and went into their shows there friendship and how good of a friend he really is. It seems that Bruno is doing Schmuel a favor and hes not giving anything to Bruno in return but he really is. Schmuel has shown Bruno all the hardships of life. He also showed him how not everyone gets to live such a good life like Bruno did.
Seeing Schmuel grow and become stronger is a really good thing. When he becomes less frightened, those are the best times for Schmuel. A life living in fear is not a life worth living and I think Schmuel has eventually realized that. When he just lives his life and doesn’t worry so much it turns out to be much better for him. So in my opinion when he escapes fear those are really the most worthwhile moments.
Bruno does'nt like his new house because he misses his friends.
Bruno met a person on the other side of the fence. I wonder why theres another side of the fence.
I read the book The boy in the striped pajamas by John Boyne. Bruno moves away from his house and most importantly his good friends to depart to a new house called Out-With. Bruno struggles and thrives to spend his time entertainingly because he has no friends and nothing to do to keep him occupied. Brunos desire for friends causes him to make Shmuel become his friend.
Bruno’s wanting for friends is partly caused because he misses his old friends back at his town in Berlin. Bruno had three what he called “best friends for life” at his old town. Bruno’s loss of his friends causes him to want a friend more and faster than he usually would have wanted. When Bruno saw an opportunity to have a friend he quickly and eagerly took action and interacted with Shmuel despite their many differences. If Bruno had not missed his friends, there is a huge possibility that Bruno would have not been Shmuels friend because he would already have friends to spend time with. Missing friends drives Bruno to want friendship more than usual.
Bruno’s constant boredom causes him to seek Shmuel’s friendship. Bruno has nothing to do in his new house because he hasn’t found a friend to play with, he doesn’t go to school, and his house isn’t big enough for Bruno to play in. One day Bruno decides to go on a walk, along the fence that Bruno is not aloud across. Bruno spots a boy his age on the other side of the fence. Bruno and the boy become friends and have multiple conversations about each of their lives. Bruno looks forward to talking to Shmuel so he finally has something to do. In the book on page 193 it says, “Bruno broke into a smile when he saw the figure coming towards him and he sat down on the ground, taking the piece of bread and the apple he had smuggled with him out of his pocket to give to Shmuel.” This quote shows that he is very happy to talk to Shmuel. The book mentions multiple times how bored Bruno is without Shmuel. Boredom drives Bruno to desire friendship, and interactive more easily.
Bruno also has a lot of people that don’t take him seriously like soldiers, his parents and his sister because of his age. All Bruno wants is for a friend/person to take him seriously and keep him busy. When Bruno finds Shmuel, he exploits his opportunity to have someone take him seriously, and immediately makes conversation with him. Bruno’s want for someone to take him seriously is part of the reason his desire for a friend is so strong.
If Bruno had friends, was occupied, and other people didn’t treat him like an infant, he simply wouldn’t have cared that Shmuel was sitting on the other side of the fence. He would’ve moved on and continued his walk without second guessing himself. Instead, these troubles did occur to Bruno, so his solution to solve these problems was to get a friend. When Bruno saw an opportunity, he seized his chance, and gained a friend. Desire is a strong powerful feeling, that can help people become motivated and achieve goals more quickly and easy.
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