‘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 and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours every day. I will have to speak to father about it.’ (Boyne 110-111). This quote shows that Bruno does not understand what it happening on the other side of the fence. He doesn’t know that he has it better than Shmuel.
“‘Don’t the Jews like the Opposite then?’ ‘No, it’s us who don’t like them, stupid.’ Bruno frowned. Gretel had been told time and again that she wasn’t allowed to call him stupid but still she persisted with it. ‘Well, why don’t we like them? He asked. ‘Because they’re Jews,’ said Gretel ‘I see. And the Opposite and the Jews don’t get along.’” (Boyne 183). This quote shows that Gretel knows more about what is happening than Bruno. This is clear she knows that they are not supposed to like Jews but bruno did not know what they were until this conversation.
The Reader's View
“Both boys went home in high spirits that afternoon. Bruno imagined a great adventure ahead and finally an opportunity to see what was really in 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). This quote shows that the two boys do not understand that it is not a good idea to sneak into a concentration camp. The reader knows that it is a bad idea because people die there and the reader then knows that the boys are maybe going to die.