My Brother Sam is Dead

Quotes

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"Brown Bess cradled under his arms, waving at us."


  • The quotation here, creates an image in the readers head, him,the protagonist's brother, in his uniform with his weapon off to continue off to war. Showing that he still loves him and his family, but must go on to go forth of what he stands and believes in. Even if meant to defy his family's beliefs, displaying a strong character trait from him.
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"I asked myself, what would Sam do if i were him... he'd would do something daring."


  • This quote rather expresses how much the protagonist looks up to his brother, presenting to us that they have a very strong relationship and what his brother did can affect what the protagonist would do. Whilst, they always wanted to keep each other safe, especially with the protagonist's brother always having such a "hard head" all the time.
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"Then Sam turn and ran."


  • Based off of this text, the protagonist's brother couldn't face his father with all the events that happened between them two. Displaying that the protagonist's brother can't come face with him because he knows that he is disappointed in him. This quotation becomes important to the climax because he is going to have to face his father sooner or later.
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"Up to that time, the war wasn't real."


  • This text represents that the protagonist isn't affected by the conflict. Notifying the reader that the protagonist is safely not involved in any of the sort and is away from all the violence. Which will produce a great shock to the reader and an important quotation the the falling action when some of the protagonist's family members, the people close to him, die from this very war.
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"It could come home with me."


  • From this quotation, it presents the reader that the protagonist's brother could actually put the protagonist himself along with his family in danger considering they lived in a town that was against what he was fighting for. Making the reader concern for the protagonist and the potential danger he could be put in and all who that is close to him.
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"Sir, it's worth dying to be free."



  • To hear such words from only 16 year old, it is clear that truly becoming a man of his word and is willing to stick by it whether if everyone around him thought differently. Displaying to us, the reader, with such a quote, to imagine him with a good list of characteristics of the protagonist's brother. Showing us why the protagonist admires him so much.
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"So there were a lot of changes in our lives, but the biggest was the one that was happening inside myself."


  • According to this text, it is apparent that the protagonist is dealing with a lot of emotions of what is going on outside from himself. Most likely originating from all the events that have happened, also presenting to us that the war obviously is modifying his life bit after bit. Whether is was a change in behavior or how he did things, it was altering his life.
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"Men must fight and woman must weep, but you'll get no more tears from me."


  • The language used in the quotation makes the reader feel, ultimately bad for her because she lost two of the three most important men of her life in such a war. Stating that the men go off to battle and to die, leaving the woman at home with a broken heart. The reader, I don't think, saw the protagonist's mother the same after this.
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"Maybe they'll win."


  • This quotation here kind of throws off the reader because the protagonist is supposedly on the opposite side. Uncovering that he is finding or found out the qualities of both his brother and his father opinions on the war. The protagonist's two people he looked up to, on the opposing sides which can very well influence the protagonist's opinion from each side.
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"Then he stopped jerking."



  • This quotation strikes the reader with a sense of fear,with all the intensity that is going on at this very moment, the reader can imagine of the protagonist's brother struggling with all his will and not moving at all the next and more sadly, from the side he has been fighting for all these years. Shocking the reader with all that he has done and being in such a repulsive situation such as this.