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Considering the fashion in which Bruno learns about the move,what can you deduce about...

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Posted February 1, 2013 at 2:50 AM via web

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Considering the fashion in which Bruno learns about the move,what can you deduce about the communication in his family life?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that the manner in which Bruno learns about the family's move to "Out- With" is significant for a couple of reasons.  The first is that it shows the extent to which Bruno's father seeks advancement in the Nazi government.  He is willing to move his family without discussion to the epicenter of the Holocaust.  It is significant that the decision to move was a "top down" order because it highlights the extent to which the family has mirrored Nazi Germany.  Decisions are made and there is no regard for the voices of dissent that might object to them.  Bruno finding out in a fashion that treats such a significant move in a nonchalant manner helps to enhance the idea that the Holocaust was just as much the result of political action and legislative design as much as it was motivated by racist zeal.  Another significant element about the manner in which the move was communicated to Bruno was that it becomes clear that his voice of dissent starts with the move and continues all the way through the narrative.  Bruno's characterization as being one who speaks out starts with the decision to move and, for the most part, is never relinquished as the narrative continues.  In this, one can see how one of the earliest actions of the story continues to highlight his character throughout it.

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