The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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  • Bruno
  • Bruno is 9 years old.
  • Bruno is small for his age.
  • "This isn't home and it never will be."
  • Bruno is very adventurous
  • Bruno is sad he has to leave his friends.
  • Gretel
  • Gretel has golden blonde hair.
  • Gretel is 12 year old.
  • "Don't be stupid what kind of people don't have baths"
  • Gretel teases her brother often.
  • Gretel has a large collection of dolls and is very attached to them.
  • Kotler
  • He has huge, tanned muscles.
  • He is well dressed, but wears to much cologne.
  • "The only spare tire I've seen around here recently belongs to Sergeant Hoffschneider, and he carries it around his waist.
  • He taunts Bruno by calling him "little man"
  • He has strikingly yellow blonde hair.
  • Bruno is the nine-year-old protagonist in the novel. He is short for his age and he is called "little" very often. Bruno is very sheltered by his parents and he doesn't know certain things that he should. He has three best friends who he was sad to leave when he moved.
  • Pavel
  • “I certainly am a doctor. Just because a man glances up at the sky at night does not make him an astronomer, you know?”
  • Gretel is the sister of Bruno. She is a minor character in the story. She is just like how all nine-year-olds describe their pre-teen sisters, annoying and bratty. She is 12 years old and constantly uses that against Bruno saying that since she is older, she is better.
  • Shmuel
  • He is very hungry all the time.
  • He is very thin and small.
  • Lieutenant Kotler is a minor in the story. He is a lieutenant of the Nazi army during the time of the book. Bruno says that the lieutenant “feel very cold and want to put a jumper on”. He is a teenager who has yellow blonde hair and tanned muscles. Gretel flirts with him constantly and wants his attention. He is somewhat nice to Bruno, but has a bad side when ordering people.
  • The Führer
  • He is very impolite to his spouse.
  • "Yes, but why would you want to speak French?"
  • Pavel is a minor character in the story. He is a worker at the house in Auschwitz and was previously a doctor before he came there. He is a small and skinny man with long fingers and angular features. He helps Bruno when he falls off the swings and cuts himself.
  • He has long fingers and angular features.
  • He is a doctor.
  • He is nice and caring towards Bruno.
  • He is a very small and thin man.
  • Shmuel is a friend the Bruno makes later on in the book. He lives at the place with all of the small huts, men, and boys. As a reader, there are many hints pointing at the fact that Shmuel is a boy living in a concentration camp. Most of their encounters include Bruno telling Shmuel about his day and Shmuel eating the food that Bruno brings him while listening. Shmuel is a very small and thin 9-year-old boy.
  • His skin is very pale and grey.
  • “There aren’t any good soldiers,”
  • He doesn't say anything about Bruno's uncaring remarks in order to not start arguments.
  • The Fuhrer is a character in the book who portrays Hitler. He  is a rude and mean person who has a tiny mustache. The mustache is described by Bruno as "so tiny, he wondered why he bothered with it at all. The Fuhrer brings his guest and supposedly his spouse, Eva, to the dinner a Bruno's house.
  • He has a short mustache.
  • He is a short man.
  • He is rude.
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