Dialectical Journal

by: Reagan Williams (8th period)

“Sir, it’s worth dying to be free” (page 7)

This quotation represents theme because Sam is not willing to back down and fights for what he believes in. The language used in the quotation makes the reader feel fearful for Sam’s destiny. Early in the exposition the reader can tell that Sam is very opinionated and is strong willed. He will not rest until they are not under British ruling. Not being under British ruling is what Sam believes means to be free. This makes the reader feel uneasy because they do not want Sam to get hurt. They also don’t want him to go against his father, because he is strong willed as well, and they don’t want Sam to be excluded out of the family.

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“You may know principle, but I know war” (page 21)

When the reader reads this quotation, they begin to side Sam’s father because his father is saying it won’t matter what’s right or wrong in war. The reader feels tense; because they know what he is saying is true. This quote is also important because it intensifies Sam and his father’s fight. It grabs the reader because it makes their argument grow. This argument makes the reader feel that they should choose who is right or wrong. The wording in this quote shows that Sam’s father is not going to let Sam make his own decision. That makes the reader unsure of which side to choose because Sam’s father sounds as if he doesn’t believe it is possible for him to be wrong.

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“I’d never seen him cry before in my whole life; and I knew there were bad times coming.” (page 22)

The language used in this quotation makes the reader feel anxious because the novel is not making them read between the lines. It is blatantly telling the reader that something bad is coming. The reader also feels fearful when reading this quotation because Tim’s father doesn’t every cry. When the reader reads this, it proves to them that what’s going on is serious because Tim’s father always hides his emotion. This quotation is also important to the entire novel because it shows the reader that things around Redding aren’t going to be running smoothly. The language in the text makes the reader feel uncertain because they know that Tim’s father is a strong man. The strong language that Tim used to describe his father crying shows that even he is uncertain of what might happen next.

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“You never get rid of injustices by fighting” ( page 22)

The strong language used in this quotation shows that Sam’s father believes that even if the King of England refuses to listen to the colonies thoughts and needs, they will not do anything but cause more trouble by fighting. This makes the reader understand Sam’s father’s side of argument. The quotation makes the reader reconsider withier or not they believe Sam or his father is right, yet again. It also makes the reader think about Sam and his father’s relationship as a whole. The reader does not want Sam and his father to exclude each other out of their life’s, just because they have a disagreement. This quotation shows the conflict between Sam and his father his rising and they are on completely opposite sides. This makes the reader torn. The reader doesn’t want anything bad to happen to Sam or to his father, and they want them to find a compromise.

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"Don’t come any closer Sam or I’ll shoot you” (page 55)

When reading this quotation, it makes them fearful for both Sam and for Tim. The reader could tell that Tim was scared, but he was not going to surrender to Sam. The reader could also tell that Sam was most likely going to do something daring. That frightens the reader because they don’t want anything to happen to either of them. The language they used in this quotation shows the reader that Tim is serious, and it makes the reader unsure of what could happen next. That feeling makes the reader want to keep reading because of the intense situation. The language also makes the reader feel that Tim threatening Sam and choosing his father’s side over Sam’s, might be a rebellion against Sam. That makes the reader anxious about Sam and Tim’s relationship.

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“Did you run away?” (page 57)

This quotation shows that Tim is still hopeful that Sam left the war and has come home to help. This makes the reader feel bad for Tim; because Sam made it clear that he is not going to leave. It also made the reader curious. The reader still had hope too, so they wanted to know the answer to Tim’s question as well. The quotation also shows that Tim is desperate. He was asking Sam if he was coming back home because he needed help running the tavern. It was clear to the reader that Tim felt desperate. That made them feel even worse because they knew that no matter how much Tim wanted Sam to come home, he most likely wasn’t going to.

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“We haven’t done any fighting yet” (page 59)

This quotation shows that Sam’s father may be right. Sam has never experienced war. This makes the reader spectacle of Sam’s actions of going against his father because he has never seen a person lying on the ground that cannot be helped. Sam pretends like he knows everything, when he has seen nothing, and that frightens the reader. This frightens the reader because they are anxious that Sam does not know what is coming, since he has not fought yet. The language in this quotation shows that Sam has yet to figure out what it is like to be in war. This scares the reader because they don’t want anything to happen to Sam while he is in war for the first time ever.

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“Up to that time the war hadn’t been very real” (page 61)

This quotation makes the reader feel anxious because Tim was a boy and had to feed both sides of the war when coming into the tavern. Tim was not safe anymore, and that terrified the reader. The war quickly turned from stories he would hear around the tavern, into battles near his home. This also frightens the reader because they only own one weapon and they could easily be killed or captured. The language in this this quotation makes the reader apprehensive. They feel this way because in the quotation it shows that the war was coming to his town. This scares the reader because they care about Tim and want him to live.
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“Luckily, the troops hadn’t really hurt anybody.” (page 62)

The language used in this quotation shows that they are grateful that the troops did not hurt anyone. This makes the reader skeptical because the troops are there for a reason. If the troops are there, the reader had no doubt that they were there to figure out information or hurt people. The reader is nervous that someone is going to get killed or captured if the troops get angry, and they hope that Tim will be safe. The way Tim says that they are lucky no one has gotten injured is quiet upsetting, Tim should feel safe, but all the troops do is make everyone worried, and that frightens the reader.
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“Betsey Read wad coming down the road from the center.” (page 78)

The language in this quotation shows that Tim does not need her to ask him what the letter is for. Tim has no time to be stopped because his father doesn't know where he is. The reader feels frantic because they do not want Betsey to find out that he is being a messenger for the British. The reader also doesn't want Betsey to stop Tim because he might get home late. If he came home late it would make his father skeptical of what Tim was doing. Tim did not want his father to know what he was delivering, so he had to get home quickly. The reader is nervous that he will get caught by Betsey and his father, so they feel frantic because they do not want him to be out of their family trust.
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“Maybe they’ll win”103

The language in this quotation shows Tim’s change in opinion. This makes the reader anxious, because they don’t want his cousin running around saying Tim is against his father’s beliefs. When Tim says that he believes the rebels have a chance, it makes the reader excited for Tim. The reader is excited for Tim because he was no longer unsure of what was going on, and they were happy that he finally said the rebels have a chance. In this quotation, it shows that Tim’s values and beliefs are affected because he has decided that Sam might be right. The reader is nervous, because they don’t know if he is going to go against his father as well. The reader does not want Tim to be kicked out of the family because he believes the rebels will win.

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"even if rescuing father is the most daring thing to do, its not the smartest thing.” (page 121)

The language in this quotation shows that Tim is becoming more aware of what is going on. The reader feels that Tim is getting older and more mature. The quotation shows that he is acting older and getting more rational. The reader feels that Tim doesn't care what his big brother would do. Tim needs to know what he would do, because he is old enough to make the right decision. This shows a change in Tim because he is learning that what Sam does isn't always right. The reader is excited because they are happy that Tim is turning into a smart young man.
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“there were a lot of changes going on in our lives, but the biggest one was happening inside myself.”132

This quotation shows that Tim is becoming a smart man because he is seeing the changes happening inside himself. Tim is realizing what is right isn't always what people want him to think. This makes the reader excited for Tim because they want him to grow into a smart man. The language in this quotation also makes the reader feel uneasy for Tim . The changes he is making might make him be excluded from his family. The reader does not want this to happen because Sam has already been excluded and he would have to join the war. The reader wants there to be a happy ending, and for that to happen Tim needs to be united into a strong family.
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“’He’s dead, Tim,’ she said, ‘He’s dead and your father is’” 201

Here the values and beliefs of Tim’s mother have changed. She completely lost hope and became extremely pessimistic. The reader is scared for Tim because they know he has no choice but to take care of his chores, the tavern, and his mother. The reader is frightened that it will be too much for him to take care of and that he will fall into deep depression like his mother. The reader is also scared for Tim’s mother because she has lost her husband and doesn’t know if her fist son will live. She has started to become numb to pain and doesn’t care about what happens in her surroundings. The reader is fearful for her future because she has resorted to become an alcoholic.
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"Dont shot him, dont shoot him" (page 208)

The language in this quotation shows that Tim is very desperate. The reader feels bad for Tim because he could be yelling as loud as he could, but it wouldn't stop them. The reader also felt terrible for Sam, because he died because people blamed him for stealing his own cows. The quotation makes the reader understand the pain and agony that Tim was feeling. This shows a change in Tim's opinion because he no longer cared who Sam believed was right in war. He only cared about his brother, and in that point of time he could do nothing about it.
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