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  • Bruno
  • Bruno is small for his age. He has blond hair.
  • Bruno is sheltered. He is also very observant.
  • Gretel
  • Gretel has blond hair. She is mean to Bruno.
  • Gretel isn't very mature. She has a crush on Lieutenant Kotler. 
  • Maria
  • Maria is Jewish. Maria is pretty.
  • Maria is grateful to Father. Maria is quiet.
  • Bruno is nine years old. His role in the novel is the main character and the book is from his POV. One significant action he makes is when he tells Lieutenant Kotler that Bruno isn't friends with Shmuel. His second significant action is when Bruno comes with Shmuel on the other side of the fence to find  Shmuel's dad.   Bruno  feels that Shmuel lies about some of his experiences. "'Of course there were doors,' said Bruno with a sigh. 'They're at the end,''' (Bruno, 130).
  • Lieutenant Kotler
  • Kotler is mean to Bruno. Kotler needs to prove himself.
  • Gretel is thirteen years old. Her role in the novel is Bruno's sister. One significant action is when she cries after Bruno dies. Another signifacant action is when she yells for Maria to run her a bath. She feels that Bruno is annoying and too young to understand most things. She also has a crush on Kotler. "You'll have to forgive my brother... He's a very ignorant little boy,'" (Gretel, 144).
  • Shmuel
  • Shmuel has brown eyes. Shmuel is gray and skinny.
  • Shmuel is educated. Shmuel doesn't like soldiers.
  • Maria is probably around 20 years old. Her role in the novel is the family maid. One significant action she makes is when she tells Bruno why he shouldn't say bad things about his father. Maria feels that Bruno's father is a very good man for paying for her grandmother's hospital bill and funeral bill. "Don't you ever call your father stupid, Bruno,"' (Maria, 62.)
  • Mother
  • Mother is redheaded. Mother wears a green dress.
  • Lieutenant Kotler is 19 years old. His role in the novel is the love interest of Gretel and possibly Mother, the killer of Pavel, and one of the Commandant's soldiers. One significant action he makes is when he calls Pavel and Shmuel a dirty name. Another significant action is when he kills Pavel to prove himself. He feels that Jews are bad people and that he has to prove himself loyal to Germany. "I can assure you-," (Kotler, 148).
  • Kotler is German. Kotler is blond.
  • Shmuel is nine years old. His role in the novel is Bruno's best friend. One significant action he makes is when he forgives Bruno for telling Kotler they weren't friends. Another significant action is when he asks Bruno to help him look for his papa. He feels that Bruno is a very good friend. Shmuel is also very educated. He know that Auschwitz is in Poland, Denmark is not in Poland, and speaks a couple languages. "They took away our clothes," (Shmuel, 151.) 
  • Mother is probably around 30 years old. Her role in the novel is Bruno's mother and the Commandant's wife. One significant action she makes is when she takes a lot of naps and takes a lot of medicinal sherries. She also tells Pavel to pretend that it was Mother who cleaned up Bruno's knee. She feels that Out-With is a terrible place to bring up children. "I knew something like this would happen in a place like this," (Mother, 184.)
  • Mother doesn't like Out-With. Mother doesn't want Pavel to get in trouble.
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