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Analysis Of My Brother Sam Is Dead

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Mohammed Ali 4th period English 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 announces that he will enlist and fight the British. This obviously outrages the father, But not Tim. This makes Tim admire his older brother. Later on him and his father get into an argument that was bound to happen. next day after church, Sam runs away, Right after stealing his fathers gun.
Sam Then leaves Redding to fight and things become harder, gradually separating the family. Sam occasionally returns, although when this happens, Tim is the only one who talks with him. Sam and his father are too obstinate to make a truce. Later on in the story (page 64) While Tim and his father are selling beef to British Loyalists in New York when Mr. Meeker gets kidnapped by a band of cowboys, Tim outsmarts them and gets away. Tim then has to carry all the goods home by himself. this helps him to mature a bit by having him take more responsibilties in their family owned tavern.
In the spring of 1777, British soldiers in prodigious amounts march into their hometown of Redding, Connecticut, (page 167)and Tim watches as they ruthlessly kill men and boys, including one of his own close friends. He has trouble deciding where his loyalty lies. The Rebels have kidnapped his father, yet the British are destroying his town. The day the British come through, the Rebel troops follow, (175) and Tim is able to see his brother. They reunite happily and Tim learns that Sam has decided to reenlist. Tim Implores that he shouldn’t but he realizes that arguing will not change Sam's mind. Flash-forward a year later (page 179) Tim and his mother get word that their father has died on a prison ship due to Cholera. This makes Tim become truly the man of the house. Taking care of his mother, The house and their tavern business. The beginning of the end starts when Tim does not know what to do with their 8 cows (183) . He wants to sell them for cash. Sam returns to Redding...

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