My Brother Sam Is Dead Symbolism

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The Revolutionary War of 1775 was a brutal war between the British and the colonies. Most soldiers of the time were college students. One fictional example of this is Sam Meeker. In Collier and Collier's book, My Brother Sam Is Dead Sam Meeker is a college dropout who goes to fight in the war. The narrator of this novel, Tim Meeker, is Sam's little brother. While Sam is away at war, the authors show us the consequences that come with the heroic ideals.Things such as the clash of generations or the brutal reality facing the noble ideals and how war tears families apart.In Collier and Collier’s book My Brother Sam Is Dead, we know that the authors are against war.

One way the authors show they are against war is the clash of generations. During
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the brutal reality that comes with war. During the book we see Sam Meeker joining the fight in hopes that he will become a war hero and do all these things that set heroic ideals into his mind. As the book goes on, we start to see the brutal side that no one likes to talk about. It begins when Ned gets his head chopped off by the British. On page 145 we see how this death affected Tim and traumatize him. When we look at Jerry die we figure out that war is not something that can be taken lightly. When we find out that father is dead, it sets a whole new perspective, considering he died on a prison ship to which he was loyal to. Then we see Sam die for stealing his cattle. This brutal reality shows us that the heroic ideals we hope are not everything that is happening. Our authors believe that the noble ideals of war vs. the cruel realities are enough to make us feel that war is futile. War is not something that can be looked over easily. The Revolutionary war was something that changed the united states forever. As Tim says in My Brother Sam Is Dead “I keep thinking that there might have been another way besides war to achieve the same end.” This quote sums up the author's ideas. That war tears up families, that war causes a clash of generations, and that war sets heroic ideals and not the brutal reality. In the end, war is futile, and there will always be other ways to get to the same

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