Boy in PJS

Boy in PJS

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  • ‘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.’
  • Bruno's Perspective: Bruno thinks that Shmuel has more fun in the concentration camp than he has in his freedom
  • ‘It’s so unfair,’ said Brunno. ‘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 and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours every day. I’ll have to speak to my father about it’ (Boyne 110).
  • Gretel  stared at him and suddenly started laughing, only stopping when she saw that Bruno was being perfectly serious.’Bruno,’ she said in a childish voice, as is 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).
  • ‘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’s Perspective: She knows the Jews are in a camp, but she doesn't know the whole story.
  • Reader's Perspective: The reader knows that his father is dead because they are in a concentration camp and most people die. 
  • ‘Papa,’ said Shmuel. ‘We can’t find him.’ ‘Can't find him? That's very odd. You mean he’s lost?’ ‘I suppose so,’ said Shmuel. ‘He was here on Monday and the he went on work duty with some other men and none of them have come back.’
  • ‘Well that’s very strange,’ said Bruno. ‘But I think there must be a simple explanation’ (Boyne 194).
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