How would you describe Bruno's character in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas? Answer according to the book, not the movie, please.

Bruno's character in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas can be described as sociable, naive, and developing. During the course of the story, he grows to be a loyal friend.

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The first thing that comes to mind is Bruno’s social nature. Prior to the family’s departure from Berlin, Bruno’s biggest concern is not being able to spend time with his three friends, Karl, Daniel, and Martin, anymore. The fact that the four boys had extensive “plans” that involved “causing a lot of chaos” in the upcoming school holidays gives us an indication of the value that Bruno places in his friendships. Furthermore, it is only once he has befriended Shmuel across the fence that he begins to really settle into the family’s new home.

Secondly, I would argue that Bruno is fairly naïve. He has no idea what his father does for a living, or that “Out-With” is a death camp at which his new friend Shmuel is imprisoned due to his family’s faith. When he and his sister, Gretel, try to work out the circumstances of the family’s new neighbors—a large community of people all dressed in striped pajamas—neither of them has a clue as to what it all means. This naivete can also be seen in the following quote:

I don’t see why I have to be stuck over here on this side of the fence where there’s no one to talk to and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours every day. I’ll have to speak to Father about it.

In a nutshell, he has no idea of what a concentration camp is or of the hellish life that his friend and his fellow prisoners are living.

I would describe Bruno as a boy who matures significantly during the course of the novel. At one point, Bruno fails to stand up for Shmuel after he is caught eating food that Bruno has provided. Shmuel gets beaten because of Bruno’s lack of courage. Later, however, Bruno shows Shmuel the ultimate loyalty by helping in the search for Shmuel’s father, which ultimately leads him to the gas chamber.

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The story begins with Bruno having to move with his family. They currently live in Berlin, but his father got a job promotion and they have to move. Bruno is very unhappy with this, because all of his friends live in Berlin. He thinks he will never have another friend again.

Bruno is a very clever and adventurous young boy. He longs for adventure and thinks that in his new home, he might find some adventure. He is a curious young boy and wants to roam about the new place. He is also very naive. He doesn't have a clue what his father does for a living. When he meets Schumel across the fence, he doesn't realize why the young boy is there. He thinks Schumel is the one getting to have fun.

"It's so unfair. I don't see why I have to be stuck over here on this side of the fence where there's no one to talk to and no one to play with and you get to have dozens of friends and are probably playing for hours everyday. I'll have to speak to Father about it."

When Bruno makes this statement he has no idea what his new found friend's life is really like. Bruno is very unaware of what is really happening. 

Bruno also is a very good friend. He and Schumel develop a true friendship. When Bruno sneaks under the fence to help his friend look for his father, he thinks he is going on another adventure. He has no idea this will be his last adventure ever.

And then the room went very dark and somehow, despite all the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Schumel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded to let him go.

This line in the book is always heart wrenching. The two young boys think they are going on an adventure, but soon realize that this is the end. Bruno had never touched his friend before, but at the end, they were holding hands as equals. 

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Bruno is a young boy who was forced to move with his family to a home that is located near a concentration camp. He is very lonely and misses his friends a great deal. Most people around him are filled with a hatred towards the Jews but he does not entirely understand this.

I would describe Bruno as being curious, bored, and lonely. He also also has a kind heart. He becomes a very close friend of Schmuel who is a boy of the same age but living inside the concentration camp. The following quote describes the caring nature that Bruno has towards others. Even in the face of fear, Bruno stayed close by his friend.

"...Despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go".

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