The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

How does the opening scene of bruno and his friends represent their innocence?

   Does Bruno and Gretel’s tutor take advantage of the children’s innocence in what he teaches them? How? What were these ideas?        

Grandmother disagrees with the views of the Nazis. How does she stand up for her beliefs?        

What events and experiences lead Bruno to gradually give up some of his innocence and see things differently?    

    Neither Bruno nor Shmuel really know going on at the concentration camp. Why that, and what is allows them to keep their innocence?          

How is it possible for Bruno and Shmuel to have fun together and maintain their friendship in the midst of their circumstances?

  How does Bruno justify continuing his friendship with Shmuel despite what his father, sister, and tutor have said about Jews?

    The barbed wire fence is a physical separation between Bruno and Shmuel. What other types of separation does the fence represent in this story?    

    How do Bruno and Shmuel demonstrate the essence of friendship despite their many differences? What are their differences?

      How do the friendships that Bruno has in Berlin at the beginning of the movie compare with his friendship with Shmuel?    

  At times, Father is shown as a loving parent and husband. How is that possible given his role as a Nazi officer giving orders to treat people inhumanely?        

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Bruno's old home in Berlin was very large and spacious, with beautiful furniture and decorations, as well as many places for him to hide in and explore. Berlin itself was a bustling city with many stimulating sights and smells. He used to walk home from school with his friends Karl, Daniel, and Martin. They would pass people sitting at tables outside, eating and laughing. The boys would run through the city living a relatively carefree life. You will have to submit your other questions separately.