Could you post some good quotes with analysis for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one set of quotes that really work to explain both Bruno's character and the themes of Boyne's work would be the mispronunciation of specific words.  Bruno's "Out- With" for "Auschwitz" and "The Fury" for "Die Fuhrer" represents a couple of elements that are significant.  On one hand, these quotes reflect how different Bruno is from the rest of the world, and how he is unable to fully adapt to it.  At the same time, they also reflect how the world is according to Bruno, something that stays with him until the very end.  Bruno's recognition that Maria is a person "with a life and history all of her own" is a reflection and a quotation that shows how Bruno's sense of compassion is expanding in his time at Auschwitz.  His understanding of Maria being "more" than a maid is something that enables him to better understand people and gain a greater sense of understanding about the world around him.  This is significant because it will be seen as being critical in the forging of friendship with Shmuel.  Naturally, the quote that Bruno says at the end, when he is with Shmuel in the gas chamber, a quote that affirms his friendship with Shmuel is important because it shows that one can stand for universal values in a time of contingency.  The idea of Bruno telling Shmuel that he is his “best friend for life" is a reminder of how important it is as an act of resistance to stand for universal values in a time of practicality and mutability.

 

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