The boy in the striped pyjamas character analysis

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the boy in the striped pyjamas character analysis

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Quotes by John Boyne

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Мальчик в полосатой пижаме

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Character List

The nine-year-old protagonist of the story. He moves with his family from their home in Berlin to Out-With, where Father has taken a new job. The maid who moves to Out-With with Bruno's family. Her mother worked as Father's mother's seamstress, and Father offered her a job when she was destitute. Bruno and Gretl's mother is "a tall woman with long red hair" 1 who quietly resents having to move her family to Out-With. Bruno's mishearing of the Furor, or Adolf Hitler.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Actually, he is my best friend. My best friend for life. Everyday, I go to the end of the fence, the one which you say separates us from the bad people. Well on the other side of this fence I found another boy who is nine, just like me, and is even born on the same day as me!

Boyne produces historical acknowledgements through his narrative style. In the novel, innocence and ignorance are shown especially through Bruno, likewise for Shmuel. Shmuel acts in the same way, accepting the circumstances as common. Another point is that ignorance is shown as well. This is a psychological term meaning that Bruno believes he knows the way Shmuel is feeling and it mixes in with both innocence and ignorance. This shows that innocence and ignorance have a significant impact on the characters and creates a clearer understanding of dramatic irony.


Born wants to become an explorer when an adult. His three-best-friends-for-life are Daniel, Martin, and Karl. Until, at the end of the novel, he forgets his friends names and tells Shmuel that he is his best friend for life. He has a brother named Josef, his father is a watchmaker, and his mother is a teacher. Shmuel is very quiet, and wants to work in a zoo. He also likes animals. Gretel Gretel is a 12 year-old who loves dolls.


  1. Louisa A. says:

    Need help on characters in John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? ( read full character analysis) The titular “boy in the striped pajamas,” Shmuel is Bruno's Jewish friend who is kept prisoner at Auschwitz. Born on.

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