In the story The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Chapter 5 "Out of Bounds AT All Times and No Exceptions. What does Mother say that seems strange to Bruno?What does mother say that seems strange to...

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On the day that they were moving to their new home, Mother is looking at the empty house, and she says,

"We should never have let the Fury come to dinner,.... Some people and their determination to get ahead." (pg 40)

The Fury is the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, who had come to dinner with Eva Braun one evening and then offered Bruno's father the position as head commandant at Auschwitz.  Mother knows where they are going, and she isn't happy about it.  She knows that Auschwitz is a death camp.  They are moving there because Bruno's father wants to better his position. It is his "determination to get ahead" that she is talking about.  This strange remark foreshadows the idea that this is not going to be a good place to live. If they had never let the Fuhrer come for dinner, his father would not have gotten the position, and they would never have moved to that horrible place, a place which cost Bruno his life.     


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