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What acually happened to the boys at the enddid Bruno die or not

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hina123456 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM via web

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What acually happened to the boys at the end

did Bruno die or not

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 17, 2011 at 11:50 AM (Answer #1)

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In the novel, Bruno is last seen standing in the gas chamber with Shmuel, holding hands and waiting. Reference is made to "the chaos that followed," which can easily be taken to mean the chaos of the inmates being gassed. In the epilogue, Bruno's father, Ralf, finds his clothing by the fence and figures out what must have happened. Bruno never appears in the epilogue of the novel, so his fate is strongly implied but ultimately unknown.

In the film, the beginning of the gassing scene is actually shown, with guards pouring Zyklon B capsules into the chamber and the prisoners starting to panic. Bruno's father finds the empty dormitory and breaks down, shouting Bruno's name. It is possible but very unlikely that Ralf is able to save Bruno in the film, as Zyklon B is fast-acting.

Both versions end, in the most literal interpretation, with both Bruno and Schmuel dying in the gas chamber.

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