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  • Friendship
  • Innocence
  • The Two Sides of Human Nature
  • Bruno and Shmuel stay best friends through out the movie.  Bruno sneaks out of his home everyday without his mom knowing.  He brings food to Shmuel and plays with him.  Shmuel meets Bruno at the fence despite the fact that he could be punished.  He also forgives Bruno after he lies about giving Shmuel food. 
  • Boundaries
  • Bruno and Shmuel show innocence in the movie.  Bruno thinks the camp is a farm and Jewish people are farmers.  Shmuel doesn't know the severity of his situation.  This innocence leads to the eight year olds' death at the end of the movie.
  • Obedience and Conformity  
  • In the movie, Bruno father is in control of a concentration camp.  He, and many other Germans at the time, believed that the Jews' were "evil".  Bruno is compassionate towards the Jewish people.  Bruno's mom shows great distress when she finds out what her husband is doing.  
  • Boundaries are shown in many places in the movie.  The fence dividing Shmuel and Bruno as an example.   It shows the two sides of the fence.  The boundaries separating the prisoners from the Germans.   
  • In the movie you can see Gretel putting up posters of Nazis' on her bedroom wall.  She is like most all Germans at the time, conforming to the crowd.  Then their are the people like Bruno's grandmother who do not support Hitler, but still obey the rules and do not go out of line.  They do this out of fear.
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