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schulzie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The house in Berlin was huge. It had lots of room and had a lot of little spaces to explore.  The new house had only three floors, which included the basement where the servants slept. However, in both houses his father's office was considered OUT OF BOUNDS.  The new house had no other streets around it and no shops or people selling things out of stalls, a memory of Berlin that Bruno enjoyed. 

"Everything around him just felt empty and cold, as if he was in the loneliest place in the world.  The middle of nowhere." (pg 13)

He remembers how everyone used to laugh in Berlin.

"But there was something about the new house that made Bruno think that no one ever laughed there; that there was nothing to laugh at and nothing to be happy about." (pg 13)

It is clear that Bruno does not like the house from the moment he enters it. He tells his mother that he thinks they should just turn around and go home, back to Berlin  His mother tells him that they do not have a choice.

"We're here, we've arrived, this is our home for the foreseeable  future and we just have to make the best of things." (pg 15)

Bruno, being told that he has no choice, goes upstairs to help Maria sort out his bedroom, but he says to himself,

"This isn't home, and it never will be." (pg 16) 

reidalot eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 2 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno is not at all impressed with the new house. He misses his five-story house in Berlin, where he could slide down the banisters and where he had plenty of friends.

The new house is only three stories tall, and the family sleeps cramped together on the top floor. The servants have the basement. Bruno thinks it's "the exact opposite of their old home." Instead of the hustle and bustle of Berlin, the new house is in a desolate, lonely place. The only thing that resembles Bruno's old home is that his father still has an office, and he is not allowed in that office. Bruno lets his mother know that he thinks moving was a mistake, and she lightly chastises him for complaining. Bruno feels that the new house will never be home.

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