English Boy in PJs

English Boy in PJs
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  • Shmuel
  • Bruno
  • Gretel
  • Bruno
  • Shmuel
  • Bruno
  • Bruno's Perspective: “'Well, not very close,' said Shmuel. ‘But there are a lot of us -boys our age, I mean- on this side of the fence. We fight a lot of the time though. That’s why I come out here. To be on my own.’ ‘It’s so unfair,’ said Bruno. ‘I don’t see why I have to be stuck over here on this side of the fence where there's no one to talk to to play with and you get dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours every day. I’ll have to speak to Father about it” (Boyne 110-111). This shows Bruno does not understand what is going on and that he is on the better side of the fence.
  • Gretel's Perspective: “‘No,’ said Bruno. ‘I don’t understand why we’re not allowed on the other side of it. What’s so wrong with us that we can’t go over there and play?’ Gretel stared at him and then suddenly started laughing, only stopping when she saw that Bruno was being perfectly serious. ‘Bruno,’ she said in a childish voice, as if this was the most obvious thing in the world, ‘the fence isn’t there to stop us from going over there. It’s to stop them from coming over here.’ (Boyne 181-182). This shows Gretel knows more than Bruno.
  • Reader's Perspective: “Both boys went home in high spirits that afternoon. Bruno imagined a great adventure ahead and finally an opportunity to see what was really on the other side of the fence before he went back to Berlin- not to mention getting in a little serious exploration as well- and shmuel saw a chance to get someone to help him in the search for his papa. All in all, it seemed like a very sensible plan and a good way to say goodbye”(Boyne 199). The reader knows that Bruno is going to sneak into a concentration camp. They also know Shmuels dad is most likely dead, because he is in a concentration camp. The reader knows that this is not a good plan for them.
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