My brother Sam is dead

by:Carolina Zayas

“Sir it’s worth dying to be free”

This quotation from my brother Sam is dead represents the theme of the great courage and bravery the soldiers have towards their freedom. This quote clearly explains how this character is willing to give his life for the freedom of others. The author is able to carry out the meaning of this quote by using the words “worth”, “dying”, and “free”. These words show how strong and committed the character is to fighting for others and his own freedom. The reader may feel a sense of pride and sorrow while falling into realization that many soldiers in this world have lost their life in the process of fighting for the freedom we have today. This quote is most effective when you take the time to think about it and make a real world connection to it. This is a very powerful quote because anyone around the world can relate to it.

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“You may know principle Sam but I know war”

In the exposition this quotation is very important because even though Sam believed in principle and that the rebels were the best to follow, Mr. Meeker knew what awaited Sam in war and what he was getting himself into. By listening to his father Sam could’ve avoided difficult conflicts later in the book. This quotation allows the reader to make a strong connection by using the phrases, “You may know” and “but I know”. Many readers have most likely heard this from parents or family members. Family members might say this to warn the reader in a way. This is because when you are trying to reach a destination in life, your parents have most likely been there and are now coming back from that point in life. The reader may also feel nostalgia seeing another person going through what they’ve already been through once or many times in life.

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“You never get rid of injustices by fighting”

This quotation from my brother Sam is dead is very important throughout the whole story. This is because the whole story consists of the rebels fighting against the British. The whole reason behind this war is injustices between the two sides. Here, the values and beliefs of both Sam and his family (loyalists) are affected. Sam strongly believes that by fighting they can get freedom from the British and that fighting is the right thing to do. On the other hand, the loyalists believe that while fighting they can stop the nonsense coming from the rebels. As the reader , even though the people are being treated unfairly it’s easy to notice that both sides are wrong because they are both fighting back to get rid of injustices. Even though the rebels and British have good reasons to be against each other, fighting is not the way to get rid of injustices.

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“I’ve got one up in this bloody war already I’m not going to let the other one go”

The language used in this quotation makes the reader feel sympathy in such a way that is relieving. Even though Mr. meeker claims to have lost Sam to the war he’s very protective of Tim. When losing a son it’s not only the natural thing to be more protective of the other one but when a person is being suspicious it’s harder to know who to trust. This also shows that even though Mr. Meeker isn’t in the best of times with Sam he’s still his father and he still cares about Sam enough to be so protective of Timothy. A connection that could be made from this quotation is when you lose something out of many, it’s very hard to let the others go. Everyone can make a connection to this because everyone has lost something that meant the world to them. Whether it’s an object or a real person it’s still important.

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“I’ve made a sacrifice Mr. Harron , I’ve lost a son you know I have no love for the rebels but there is one war I’m not going to fight”

According to this text Mr. Meeker seems very empowered and determined for multiple reasons. The phrases “I’ve made a sacrifice”, “I’ve lost a son”, and “I have no love for the rebels” really show how Mr. Meeker feels about Tim helping Mr. Harron. This quotation really expresses how alert Mr. Meeker was about his surroundings and people like Mr. Harron who so seemed suspicious. This was because he was not willing to risk his other son in this war that really wouldn’t have done anything to do with them if Sam hadn’t been involved. This also shows how loyal Mr. Meeker was towards the British. The phrase “I have no love for the rebels” shows that even though Sam was now a rebel he still had no love for them. Some people might show a little mercy since a family member is part of the opposite group but even then Mr. Meeker stayed loyal to the British.

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“let the dead bury the dead”

This quotation really explains how most soldiers or soldier’s family members felt at the end of wars. Mrs. Meeker losing both Sam and Mr. Meeker in this war ,could’ve had very strong, similar feelings about this quote. While in war most soldiers were in so much danger that they were practically waiting to get killed by one of them or the British. So they were already as “dead” as the people they had already killed. At the point in the story when Mrs.Meeker said this she had already lost the hope she needed to get over Mr. Meeker and soon to be dead Sam. While reading this quote the reader might feel melancholy and hopeless. The reader might feel this because seeing how they’ve treated character in the book before they most likely wouldn’t hesitate to execute Sam.

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“He’s as dead as your father is”

A conflict of loss is clearly shown in this quote through the words “dead”, “as you’re your father”. Even though the character might’ve not actually been dead at the time, he was close to being dead or acting a certain way that was alike to the cause of his father’s dead. Sam still being alive while this was said by his mother in the story , shows how much hope was lost in the process of this eternal war. This might make the reader feel very sorrowful knowing Sam isn’t dead yet but Mrs. Meeker knows it’s coming and that there’s no going back. It comes to show that there was nothing they could do at this point to save Sam. The quotation is also foreshadowing the future of this story. The reason being it being that Mrs. Meeker was always the one with hope but was now the most depressed we had ever seen her.

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“They can murder who they like, church who they like, but im not going .For me the war is over”

In the falling action this quotation is very important and essential to the story. It really expresses how most soldiers felt towards the end of the story and how they had lost so many close friends and family. The soldiers had lost a lot of hope and what they loved, so for them war was over. This quotation does a good job carrying out it’s message to the reader making it easy to understand the soldier’s anger and feelings about this war. By reading this quotation you can see that soldiers don’t care who the others like or church they’ve seen so many unreasonable deaths that nothing matters to them anymore. This quote also shows the theme of the story which is great courage and bravery. This is because the soldiers knew they were mostly going to end up dead but they stayed there and fought.

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“it’s just so unfair ,he fought for them for 3 years and now they are going to shoot him for nothing”

A conflict of being treated inequitable is clearly shown here through the words “ fought” , “shoot” , and “nothing”. These words show how loyal Sam was to the rebels. While reading this the reader is able to make a strong connection to Tim. Tim knows how hard Sams worked and how loyal he’s been to the rebels. Sam had to go against his family’s beliefs for freedom and no one knows that better than Tim. Many readers have been in Tim’s foot steps when they have an older siblings they look up to . They night end up making a choice life threatening choice that makes it difficult to know right from wrong.

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“there were a lot of changes in my life but the biggest was the one that was happening inside myself”

Here the values and beliefs of Tim are effected by all the events happening to him. When his big brother who he looks up to, believes in one thing and his parents and rest of his family believing another thing. This quotation shows a lot of maturity in the character since the beginning of the story when he believed everything his father believed regardless of what he really thought of the war. This is one of the very little times when he doubted his family’s beliefs in the beginning of the story. Instead of going with what everyone else thought he started to put his thoughts first and this showed a lot of maturity from Tim. The language used in this quotation makes the reader feel proud of Tim. After all this time He’s finally thinking about what he really thinks.

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“The war had always seemed to me like a story something that happened in some faraway place or far away time”

A connection most people can make to this quotation is that most people seem to think of war as something happening in a far, far away place a very long time ago. Unfortunately like the main characters Tim and Sam in this story, war is something that will always be closer than expected for many reasons. Three of these reasons being, how fast things change, how fast decisions get made, and how fast people seem to react towards them. According to this text, it is apparent that our protagonist is experiencing something he would’ve never thought to experience. The line “war had always seemed to me like a story” shows that war might’ve been a very rare thing in Redding. This quotation is able to really open the reader’s eyes. It shows that even though it seems so far away its really not.

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“nobody wants to get killed but you should be willing to die for principles”

This quotation represents the theme of patriotism, and bravery. No one wants to get killed but you must be willing to die for the principles and personal believes. The rebels had very great courage and patriotism while fighting for freedom even though it meant giving up a lot. Some had to give up the people they loved like Sam. The language used in this quotation makes the reader feel very powerful and willing to fight for anything. This quotation does a good job getting its point across by telling the truth that nobody wants to get killed. But whether people agree with it or not you should be willing to die for principles and what you believe in.

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“I think common sense will prevail. Nobody wants a rebellion except fools and hotheads”

This quotation from My brother Sam is dead is coming from the loyalists point of view. It shows how they feel about this war. This quote does a good job convincing the reader that they might actually be the one side doing what's right. The line "Nobody wants a rebellion except fools and hotheads" is telling the reader that the lobster backs aren't the ones doing the damage by fighting. The reader knows that the only thing causing a rebellion is fighting back against the rebels. If the lobster backs didn't fight back to the rebels there would be no rebellion and it would give more reasons for people to stay loyal. This quote might make the reader feel hope that the rebels would realize this and end the war.
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“its not money ,its principle”

This quotation is very important when you start heading towards the end of the story .This quote shows the conflict of everyone having to pay taxes the reason being principles. At the end of the story everyone starts facing financial problems and the excuse is always the principles. Most toris are being blinded by the thought of principles and not focusing on the real problem. And because of this they're against the rebels whose purpose are to get back their freedom. The toris in Redding are so blinded that they don't really think of the reasons why the rebels are fighting. And this is the overall conflict of the story.
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“your family ought to be more important than your friends”

A connection that could be made to this quotation is that everyone at least once in their life time comes to a scenario choosing family or friends. The character in this case chooses to stay in war because of his friends regardless of his families bad circumstances. Even though the realistic scenario wouldn’t literally make choose between family or friends it’s still a common decision. This quote makes the reader feel indecisive. By using the words, "family", "ought" ,and "friends" the reader might question which side they are one. The reader most likely supports Sam through out the story because they get a view of what's overall happening in the story. This quote has the power to make the reader question themselves because they respect what Sam is fighting for but picking friends over family tells far more about this character than anything else in the book has.
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