- 1 What is the main theme of the boy in striped pajamas?
- 2 How is Bruno’s and Schmuel’s friendship unique?
- 3 How do Bruno and Shmuel demonstrate the essence of friendship?
- 4 Why did Bruno deny his friendship with Shmuel?
- 5 Who is responsible for Bruno’s death?
- 6 What happened to Bruno’s father at the end?
- 7 Is Shmuel friendly?
- 8 Why is Bruno’s mother unhappy at outwith?
- 9 Why does Shmuel forgive Bruno so easily?
- 10 Does the friendship between Bruno and Shmuel evolve in the story?
- 11 What does Shmuel say about where he comes from?
- 12 How can Bruno and Shmuel have fun?
- 13 What did Lt Kotler do to the barking dog?
- 14 Who does Shmuel say is missing from out with?
- 15 How does Bruno betray Shmuel?
What is the main theme of the boy in striped pajamas?
The major theme is the desire for friendship. Boyne explores the theme of friendship by having Bruno wander to the fence of the camp, and he meets another boy his age. The problem is that this little boy, Shmuel, is a prisoner. He is a Polish Jew who is interned at Auschwitz along with his family.
How is Bruno’s and Schmuel’s friendship unique?
Their friendship is a secret. Bruno finds comfort in spending time with Shmuel. In fact, when Bruno’s mother learns of the horrors at Auschwitz and insists they leave Auschwitz, Bruno does not want to leave his new friend Shmuel. When Shmuel’s father becomes missing, Bruno wants to help Shmuel find his father.
How do Bruno and Shmuel demonstrate the essence of friendship?
Bruno demonstrates the essence of friendship towards Shmuel by, Listening to him, not judging Shmuel by not caring what differences they have between them(Jewish, German), and by sharing his personal life with Shmuel, trusting him and sharing his food with Shmuel.
Why did Bruno deny his friendship with Shmuel?
Bruno was eager to call Shmuel his friend, and seemed to genuinely believe it. But when push came to shove, fear overruled his actions, and consequently his relationship with Shmuel was badly hurt. He denied what he knew was good and true, because he was nervous about his own well-being.
Who is responsible for Bruno’s death?
No one individual is completely responsible for Bruno’s death in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. However, his father, as commandant of Auschwitz, should take most of the blame.
What happened to Bruno’s father at the end?
Bruno’s father is grief stricken at the end of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas when he reconstructs what must have happened to Bruno. He becomes depressed, and when he is disgraced and loses his position, he doesn’t care.
Is Shmuel friendly?
The story revolves around the son of the World War 2 commandant Bruno and his friendship with a young boy named Shmuel who was a Jew captive in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Bruno and Shmuel have a true friendship as shown throughout the story with their forgiveness, support and trust for each other.
Why is Bruno’s mother unhappy at outwith?
Bruno’s mother suddenly becomes increasingly unhappy after Lieutenant Kotler gets sent away. She was close to him, and without him she feels lonely and sad. She feels Out-With (Auschwitz) is no place to raise children and is frustrated with her powerlessness over her family’s situation.
Why does Shmuel forgive Bruno so easily?
Why does Shmuel forgive Bruno so easily for betraying him? Shmuel forgives Bruno so easily for the betrayal because he really does value the friendship. Once Bruno says, “I’ve never let a friend down like that before Shmuel, I’m ashamed of myself” (175), Shmuel smiles and forgives him.
Does the friendship between Bruno and Shmuel evolve in the story?
The friendship between Shmuel does evolve in the story because they realize that they almost need each other. Shmuel realizes that Bruno’s father is a Nazi but also recognizes that Bruno isn’t aware of what is actually happening. When Bruno brings Shmuel food, its shows that he does have feelings for his friend.
What does Shmuel say about where he comes from?
Shmuel explains that he is from Poland, and Bruno is surprised, since Shmuel has been speaking to him in German. Shmuel explains that he responded in German when Bruno said “hello” to him in that language. He says that his mother is a schoolteacher who taught him the language.
How can Bruno and Shmuel have fun?
It is possible for Bruno and Shmuel to have fun together and maintain their friendship in the midst of their circumstances by them both going to the wire fence everyday and Bruno would bring the chess board or a ball, anything that he thought they would be able to play with.
What did Lt Kotler do to the barking dog?
What did Lt. Kotler do to the barking dog? He shot the dog. He put it in the basement.
Who does Shmuel say is missing from out with?
Whom does Shmuel say is missing from Out With? Shmuel says that boys he played with and his grandfather are missing.
How does Bruno betray Shmuel?
When he accuses Shmuel of stealing food to eat, Shmuel tells him that Bruno gave it to him, and that Bruno is his friend. But when Lieutenant Kotler asks Bruno if he knows the boy, Bruno denies it.