What is Lt. Kotler like in comparison to Pavel in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

Lt. Kotler and Pavel in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas are as unlike as any two people could be. Where Pavel, once a practicing physician before the war, is caring and intelligent, Lt. Kotler is a brutish and brutal young man who suddenly assumes power with the ascendance of the Nazi party. Lt. Kotler shows his viciousness when he beats Pavel savagely. Also, Lt. Kotler is a murderer, while Pavel is a healer.

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The teenaged Nazi officer Lt. Kotler is a bully and a racist whose power has gone to his head. He orders around the gentle Jew Pavel, a servant in Bruno's home, with cruel insults. Kotler is brutal and crude, while Pavel is kind and refined.

We first meet Pavel when he is ordered by Kotler to make a tire swing for Bruno. Pavel does so quietly, not responding to Kotler's swaggering.

Pavel shows himself to be a compassionate person when Bruno grows dizzy from swinging too high on his new swing. He rushes out to catch him as Bruno falls from the swing, and "scoop[s] ... him up," carrying him into the house. He tends to his wounds in a "gentle and kindly" way. When Pavel says that Bruno's wounds are not bad and that he won't need to go to the hospital, Bruno pushes back, asking him how he can know that. At this point, Pavel reveals he is a physician by training, which confuses, surprises, and impresses Bruno.

Pavel is an older man. When he finally really looks at him for the first time, Bruno...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on January 12, 2021
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