When John Boyne mentions the dinner with Hitler and Eva, How does he describe Eva Braun?

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

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Given how Eva Braun is viewed as almost a puppet of Hitler in historical consciousness, Boyne takes a different view when describing her from Bruno's point of view.  The initial impressions that Bruno has, in which Boyne describes Braun, is that "the fury's" companion is the "most beautiful woman [Bruno has] ever seen in his life.”  In contrast to her companion, Boyne describes her as tall and blond.  Her physical beauty is matched with the description of her politeness and sense of grace.  She is described as talking to the children with charm and not being intimidated when "the fury" snaps his fingers to her, as if she is a dog.  Boyne makes it clear that she is not intimidated by Hitler and does not see herself as second to him.  Even though he treats her as such, Boyne's description of her is one where she does not act secondary to him.  It is interesting to see Boyne's description of Braun in this light. As will be shown with Bruno, horrific and dire conditions are shown to not have a fully determinative impact on how individuals behave and what they do.  This is made clear in Boyne's description of Eva Braun.

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