Boy in the Striped Pajamas- Characters
Updated: 10/8/2018
Boy in the Striped Pajamas- Characters
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Lesson Plans by Becky Harvey

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is the story of an innocent and ignorant boy whose father is the commandant of the concentration/death camp Auschwitz in Nazi-controlled Poland during World War II. Though the book is written in third person/omniscient point of view, the author has Bruno use his unknowing voice, calling Auschwitz “Out-with”, and the Fuhrer (Adolf Hilter) “the Fury”, to show his true misunderstanding of all that is actually happening around him.




The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne - Character Map

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  • Bruno
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  • • Oblivious to the horrors of Out-with (Auschwitz) • Sweet when he wants to be, but sarcastic and defiant as well • Sad about moving from Berlin • Very friendly with Shmuel
  • Decides to sneak under the fence to experience living like Shmuel. He has no idea what this means or what is happening to the prisoners on the inside of the fenced area.
  • • Nine year old boy • "Little Man" as Lieutenant K calls him (because he hasn't had his growth spurt yet)
  • Shmuel
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  • Maria
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  • Mother
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  • "Fury" (Adolf Hitler- Führer)
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  • Gretel
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  • Pavel
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  • Lieutenant Kurt Kotler
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