In the novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, Father says, “Is it worth war to save a few pence in taxes?” (Collier and Collier 21). This quote summarizes the main idea of that war does nothing. My Brother Sam is Dead is written by James and Christopher Collier. The authors introduce many strong characters that include Sam, Tim, Life, and Susannah Meeker and takes place during the American Revolutionary War. The authors, Collier and Collier, try to prove that war does not help by adding the theme inside of a realistic plot that involves family and death, something everyone has or has gone through in their life. By adding family and death, it makes readers connect the story to our life and makes the reader question if war is actually worth it if the
This story was more of a personal narrative that tells a story about war and how not only does it affect men, but it also involves many others in the world. The story is told about a young woman whose brother died at the age of eighteen in war. She reflects through all of the memories she had with her brother, the good and the bad. The story is such an emotional narrative that the author pulls you into the story. As someone reads this the reader will feel a similar emotion as the author was feeling at the time of grief and heartache. The reason that this story is a narrative, because this story is told by the author about her experience of losing her brother. She also had many settings and a tone that grabs the attention to readers that made the story more interesting, captivating and
To be engaged in war is to be engaged in an armed conflict. Death is an all too ordinary product of war. It is an unsolicited reward for many soldiers that are fighting for their country’s own fictitious freedom. For some of these men, the battlefield is a glimpse into hell, and for others, it is a means to heaven. Many people worry about what happens during war and what will become of their loved ones while they’re fighting, but few realize what happens to those soldiers once they come home. The short stories "Soldier's Home” by Ernest Hemingway and "Speaking of Courage” by Tim O'Brien explore the thematic after effects of war and how it impacts a young person's life. Young people who
In the Westing game I believe that Sam Westing is not dead. Based on the clue that I have, I believe he faked his death. Sam Westing is trying to frame someone for his murder.
One way the authors argue against war is it tears families apart. “No, you’re going to get yourself killed. Well you might as well. Let’s have it all done with at once. How does the old line go? Men must fight and women must weep, but you’ll get no more tears from me. I’ve done my weeping for this war.” Mrs.Meeker is basically saying she’s over the war, and does not want anything to do with it. Tim and Mrs.Meeker are having an argument, which is showing how their family is broken. “They can murder who they like, church who they like, but I’m not going. For me the war is over.” This line from the book says it all. That quote is the thing that shows a broken family. Not going to see your son one last time before
Chapter 3 in My Brother Sam is Dead illustrates how war doesn’t necessarily affects everyone, even if you can get news of a battle before nightfall and it happened at noon. In the beginning, Tim talks of how the war is not really affecting the people of Redding. Betsy Read comes by the tavern. Betsy and Tim talk in secret behind the tavern. Betsy makes Tim swear to not tell anyone if Sam were to come back to Redding. As predicted, Sam is coming back to Redding. Betsy doesn’t know when Sam is coming back. Tim doesn’t receive word of Sam’s return for about two months. Betsy gives Tim a signal that Sam is back in October.
A little ten year old boy was taken as a prisoner of war. He was snatched out of his life and destined to die while others lived. His death actually happened in history, but also in the novel, My Brother Sam Is Dead. It is the year 1775, the Revolutionary War is just stirring among the people. The narrator is Tim Meeker, the youngest son in a family that runs their tavern in the town of Redding. The Meeker family goes through many sufferings at the cost of war. His older brother, Sam is a Yale student who goes to war to fight the British against his father’s wishes. Through the course of the book, many sufferings arise in Redding. Life gets tougher and the Meekers experience the hard reality of war. The authors are against war because they
The ship was cold and food was scarce. It was no condition for a little ten year old boy. He was a prisoner of the war with little hope. Snatched out of his life he was helpless and was destined to die while others lived. He asked to himself, “Why me? Why not someone else?” His death actually happened in history, but also in the novel, My Brother Sam Is Dead. It is the year 1775, the Revolutionary War is just stirring among the people and around the life of the narrator, Tim Meeker. Tim is the youngest son in a family that runs a tavern in the town of Redding. The Meeker family goes through many sufferings at the cost of war. His older brother, Sam is a Yale student who goes to war to fight the British against his father’s wishes.
Two northern boys in the novels, “Soldier’s Heart,” and “The Red Badge of Courage,” suffer through the journey and hardships, loss of loved ones, and war. The contrasts in these works are few, however the variances in stories minister support in helping each book to stand out, and separate from the other. The similarities between books are uncanny, so similar, in fact that throughout the duration of the novels differentiating the novels becomes increasingly problematic for the reader. Also, the similarities concerning the two books “Soldier’s Heart” and “The Red Badge of Courage” aid the reader in understanding the mind-set of a soldier during a war. The comparisons and differences of the
Even though the soldiers join the war as naive youths, the war rapidly changes them and they develop into young men. Surrounded by death, the boys are bound to foresee the fragility of their own lives and are stripped of the carelessness and brazenness of youth. The dreadful horrors around the boys bound them to consider a world that does not accommodate to their childish and simplistic view. They want to only see a separation between what is right and what is wrong, they instead find moral doubt. Where they had wanted to see order and meaning, they only found senselessness and disorder. Where they wanted to find heroism, they only found the selfish instinct of self-preservation. These realizations destroyed the innocence of the boys, maturing and thrusting them into their manhood.
My brother Sam is dead The story of “My brother sam is dead” is set in Colonial America.It is set in the year 1775 in Redding, Connecticut where the story follows the main character Tim and his family going through the revolutionary war. Tim doesn’t really pay attention to all the politics and war, but his family does. His father especially is a Great Britian loyalist. The story’s first big event happens (page 13) when Tim’s brother Sam comes back from Yale. The Family is eating dinner on Sam’s first day back when he breaks the news. Sam seems zealous and
A small family of four, living in the Tory town of Redding. Life was great Mr. and Mrs. Meeker owned a small tavern that supplies their town with food, rum, and supplies. Their son Timmy helped around the tavern and did chores, because his older brother Sam was off at college. Everyone in Redding was close and knew the Meeker family, they all admired how they had raised Sam and Timmy. Every year after college was over, Sam would come home and visit, except one.
The American Revolution was a war of principles fought by Loyalists and Patriots. However, Loyalists believed in neutrality, peace, and no brutality or treason. Therefore, Patriots believed in freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, and the right to break away from the British government. In the novel My Brother Sam is Dead created by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, a family disputes over which side is right. James and Christopher Collier use the ironies of Life, Jerry, and Sam's death to induce Tim's decision of neutrality.
In the book it states on page 22,“‘You can’t order me anymore, Father I’m a man.’ ‘A man? Your a boy, Sam, a boy dressed up in a gaudy soldiers suit.’ Oh he sounded bitter. ‘Father--’ ‘Go, Sam get out of my sight. I can’t bear to look at you anymore in that vile costume. Get out. And don’t come back until you come dressed as my son, not as a stranger.’”(Collier and Collier) The war is tearing the Meeker family apart, Mr. Meeker had just kicked his son out of his house calling him a stranger. The war is making them disagree and thus making them split up. The war has forced people to choose sides. When they do, they disagree to what side is better. A quote that also justifies the claim that war is vicious is on page 71 when it states, “‘Father, why can't I carry messages for Mr. Heron? You're on the Tory side, too.’ ‘Because I said so.’ ‘That's no reason,’ I said. He stared at me. ‘If you don't stop arguing with me, I'll thrash you, Timmy.’ ‘I don't care,’ I said. ‘If we're supposed to be Loyalists, we should help--’ He slammed his fist down on the table and then jerked his thumb toward his chest. ‘I'll manage the politics in this family,’ he said. ‘Father--’ ‘Timothy, goddamn it I'm going to--’”(Collier and Collier) Tim and his father are arguing about Tim delivering a message. If the war could not have occurred and Tim had to deliver a message it would not be a big deal, but because of
In the book my Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, I noticed a strong theme; how war divides individuals, families, communities, and countries. This book takes place during the Revolutionary War, and Tim Meeker, the narrator, has a Father who is a Loyalist and a brother, Sam, who is a Patriot. Sam goes off to fight for the Patriots, and hard times come because of the war . When Father and Tim are coming back from Verplancks’ Point, Father gets kidnapped by cow-boys. He is then killed in a British prison ship. Sam is killed because he is taken in as cattle thief, which he really wasn’t. He is then executed. The Meeker family is then torn up because of the war, with half of the family dead. I will show you