Character Chart of Doom

Character Chart of Doom
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  • Bruno
  • Is small for his age
  • Is healthy
  • I'd prefer all of us to stay together, whether that was in Berlin or Out-With.
  • Honest
  • Adventurous
  • Gretel
  • Has straight hair
  • Has golden hair
  • Moody
  • When you get my age you'll understand these things a lot better
  • Rude
  • Maria
  • Has red hair
  • Loyal
  • Is pretty
  • It's not up to us to change things
  • Nervous
  • Bruno is the protagonist in The Boy in Striped Pajamas. He is 9 years old and he is sheltered by his parents. He moved into Out-With and is confused by the 'non-people' there. He becomes Shmuel's friend and starts gathering information about Out-With. He stays at Out-With for a year before his parents tell him they are going to move back to Berlin. Bruno spends a last day at Out-With and dies in a gas chamber there.
  • Lieutenant Kotler
  • Is abusive to Jews
  • Has yellow-blond hair
  • Gretel is the annoying sister of Bruno. She is twelve, almost thirteen. She and Bruno fight often and they just moved to Out-With. She likes talking to Lieutenant Kotler. She starts getting rid of her dolls and becomes more interested in news and geography. Yet she rarely shares information with Bruno. When Bruno goes missing, she falls into a depression which shows she truly cared about him. 
  • Shmuel
  • Is malnourished
  • Has skeletal fingers
  • Maria is the maid of Bruno's family. She often does the work they don't want to do. She is indebted to Bruno's father for helping her in times of need. She is scared to voice her own opinions. Maria talks to Pavel, and the two know each other quite well. She tells Bruno that Pavel lives on the other side of the fence. She later becomes friends with Bruno.
  • Father
  • Has dark hair
  • Prideful
  • Lieutenant Kotler is a soldier at Out-With who is frequently in Bruno's home. He is disrespectful and talks down to Bruno. He hates Pavel and does something horrible to him. Kotler has a father in Switzerland, but never corresponds with him. He leaves Out-With suddenly and doesn't come back.
  • Always has a scowl on his face
  • You've got a lot to say for such a little man.
  • Disrespectful
  • Shmuel is Bruno's friend who lives on the other side of the fence. He knows Polish and German. Shmuel lived in Poland for a while before getting forced into Out-With. He is afraid of Lieutenant Kotler and confides in Bruno. When Bruno tells a lie that ends up getting Shmuel beat up, Shmuel forgives Bruno. He dies in a gas chamber with Bruno, while trying to find his Papa.
  • I don't know why you're so anxious to come across here anyway, it's not very nice.
  • Loyal
  • Sensitive
  • Bruno's father is a commandant who moves his family to Out-With and he reprimands anyone who doubts the choice to move. He doesn't consider Jews people and doesn't mind hurting them. He is appalled whenever Bruno hints about having anything to do with them. When Bruno dies, he pieces together what happened, and becomes depressed and lashes out at the soldiers.
  • Do you think I would have made such success of my life if I hadn't learned when to argue and when to keep my mouth shut and follow orders?
  • Patriotic
  • Is handsome
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