Bruno and Shmuel lives in two entirely different worlds. While Bruno grew up in a rich family in Berlin with his sister being his biggest problem, Shmuel lived in a middle class home in some city in Poland. In fact, they are basicalley the opposite of each other, with Brunos father being the one that oversees the largest concentrationcamp in Nazi Germany, and Shmuel is a Polish jew captured in that very camp.
Both Bruno and Shmuel is born on the same date in the same year. They were forced to move away from their original homes to Auschwitz, but they live on different sides of the fence of the camp. Still, they do have some similarities personality-wise, as they are quite friendly and they both brave to go meet eachother at the fence, even do they risk getting caught. They also share the same fate in the gaschambers of Auschwitz.
Bruno and Shmuel may have similarities, but they also have differences. Bruno is with his rich family at the start of the movie, as opposed to Shmuel, who has been stripped of all his belongings, seperated from his family and is being forced to work hard labor in the camp. Shmuel is also way dirtier and hungrier than Bruno because of how Jew were treated in the camp.
I think that the story portrayed Bruno in a mostly good way. He is protrayed as a friendly but naive boy that will trick people to meet his friends. Personally, i found it very annoying when he didnt understand something quite obvious, but i suppose it was how someone indoctrinated from a young age to belive this would react to the things Bruno sees, so i cant be too mad at it.
Something i dident like a movie was how i feel that it underutilized a lot of charcters. Take for example the maid Maria. She was established, but was never important to progress the plot. The way the movie just leaves Chekhov's gun on the wall is a bit frustrating.
In my opinion, it was a good book and movie. Not a perfect movie, but a good one none the less. If i had to rate the movie, The boy in the striped pyjamas would get a 7/10.