Bruno and Shmuels’ friendship began developing during their first encounter when they both found they could provide something the other needed. This is firstly shown when Shmuel asks Bruno whether he had any food on him. “You don’t have any food on you, do you?” (page 131). Bruno needed friendship which became obvious with his continual asking of questions, and finally his complaint that “he was stuck over here on this side of the fence where there’s no one to talk to and no one to play with”, suggesting that his move to Poland has left him lonely. Another example of supporting one another’s needs is when Bruno enters the camp and disguises himself in the pyjamas so as to help Shmuel find his father who has gone missing on one of the marches. “quote”. As their friendship deepens, both Bruno and Shmuel realise that they have a lot more in common despite their obvious differences.
As Bruno’s and Shmuels encounters continued, they learned more about each other and discovered that their similarities brought them closer. During their first encounter, the first similarity becomes apparent with both boys realising that they share the same birth date. “… my birthday is April the fifteenth too… we were born on the same day.” (page 109). Bruno and Shmuel’s amusement with each other’s names is another thing they shared in common. “I like the way it sounds when I say it…it sounds