Comparing The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963 And My Brother Sam Is Dead

726 words - 3 pages

Comparing The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 and My Brother Sam Is Dead

In the novels The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis and My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, two young boys are faced with the challenge of learning the moral and ethical codes that will shape their futures. Kenny Watson and Tim Meeker live in very different times, but they face events that complicate their lives. Though one boy learns his morals through playful encounters and the other is forced to educate himself during a war, the conclusion of each story shows that both characters have successfully found sets of rules to follow.

Kenny has to learn what is morally right through playful incidents. When Byron, his older brother, plays pranks and repeatedly disobeys rules, Kenny notices the disappointment on his parents' faces. Even though Kenny knows that the path his brother chooses to take is not wise, he views this as the adventurous way of life, and he is torn between becoming a shadow of his brother, who always seems to be having fun, or being the good, orderly son.

Tim Meeker is forced to choose either the Tory side or the Rebel side of the Revolutionary War, and from there, he has to defend his beliefs and opinions. This decision is equivalent to "obey His Majesty's government" (25) or to rebel.

To further complicate things, his brother, Sam Meeker, and his father, Eliphalet Meeker, are on opposing sides, and choosing the Rebel side is just like going against his father to side with Sam. At one point, an argument between Sam and his father about the war becomes so intense that his father called his son's uniform a "vile costume" (22).

Kenny's situation is not nearly as intense as Tim's is because Kenny is not forced to take a side and be ready to die for his beliefs. Kenny is also not compelled to watch innocent boys get taken away just because their parents have beliefs that are considered hereditary.

A similarity between Tim and Kenny's ethics is that both see...

Find Another Essay On Comparing The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 and My Brother Sam Is Dead

Reflection Questions about the novel "My Brother Sam is Dead"

1734 words - 7 pages My Brother Sam is DeadChapter 1Explain Mr. Meeker's statement, "You may know principle, Sam, but I know war."Mr. Meeker is saying that Sam doesn't really know what a war is. He has been in a war but Sam hasn't. He has seen a lot of things like 'a dear friend lying in the grass with the top of his skull off and his brains sliding out of them like wet oats' (p21) which Sam hasn't. He is telling his son how terrible a war is and trying to make him

My Brother the Drunk Essay

1342 words - 5 pages parents cried and cried. It was very difficult to see him go.       In the years that followed I wrote my brother all the time. I would tell him how school was going and what I was up to. I remember crying when he would answer my letters. He told me about his meeting new people and how difficult his jobs were. I loved getting his letters.       On his first leave, we went to Midway airport in

Comparing Do not go gentle into that good night and When I consider how my light is spent

1188 words - 5 pages Comparing Dylan Thomas's poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and John Milton's poem When I consider How My Light Is Spent Dylan Thomas's poem "Do not go gentle into that good night" and John Milton's poem "When I consider how my light is spent" were written during times of trouble in their respective poet's life. Thomas was faced with losing his father to death; Milton was dealing with becoming completely blind at the age of forty

Comparing "The Odyssey" and "O Brother Where Art Thou"

736 words - 3 pages "Tell me, O muse..." (Page 1), is a quote used in the beginning of both The Odyssey and "O Brother Where Art Thou". The funny thing about this is that the directors of the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou" (Joel and Ethan Coen) never even read The Odyssey before making this film. Though not identical the movie contained several similarities to The Odyssey. Examples of these can be seen by the interactions with the sirens, encounters with one-eyed

Risking it all for the things we long for... - A Compare/Contrast essay on Thomas Merton and Langston Hughes and their works regarding the Birmingham Bombings of 1963.

1415 words - 6 pages great expanses of the globe as a personal solitude from their earlier hardships. In "Birmingham Sunday", Hughes begins right away by using great amounts of shock value to give his poem as much impact as possible. Using realistic and gruesome scenes of the bombing, post event, is the prevalent topic repeatedly used by Hughes in the majority of his poem. The line that is showed consistently is "Their blood upon the wall" (5). This line is a major

Comparing the Film and Novel Versions of Sam Hanna Bell’s December Bride

2818 words - 11 pages Comparing the Film and Novel Versions of Sam Hanna Bell’s December Bride If the movie based on Sam Hanna Bell’s novel December Bride is considered to be good, it is only because the novel itself is nothing short of great. Having viewed the movie on two separate occasions, some four months apart, this writer found herself to still be somewhat bewildered by a few of the events portrayed. The novel clears the Irish fog swirling around those

Euthanasia is the Wrong Way to Go.

1525 words - 6 pages from a murderer. Assisting in ones death is immoral, unethical and should not only be a crime, but it should be viewed as premeditated murder rather than assisted suicide. Euthanasia is a shrouded killer and the physician that assist in the practice of it is no more then its sidekick.For instance, if you follow the work of Dr. Jack Kevorkian and those in which he helped to execute you will understand my theory. Kevorkian's role in assisting

Organic Is the Way To Go

1303 words - 5 pages Anthelme Brillat-Savarin and Ludwig Andreas Feuerbac, and if the customers are willing to pay the higher price, they should chose to go organic.References10 reasons organic food is so expensive. (2012, March 11). Fox News. Retrieved April 15, 2014, from, J. (n.d.). The Truth About Organic Foods. Redbook. Retrieved April 13, 2014, from http

What were the main reasons why the USSR and US moved to detente between 1963-1975?

1090 words - 4 pages Detente, the beginning of the end of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United Sates began in 1963 and brought the long decades of tension to a close in 1975. The motives behind the paradigm shift towards cooperation were not those that reconciled the differences between the Eastern and the Western giants, but rather those that were built upon the limited, but common desire--- peaceful coexistence. The two countries, along with other

What were the main reasons why the US and the USSR moved to detente in 1963-1975?

1401 words - 6 pages The term Détente is referred to the period in Cold War when the tensions between the US and the USSR reduced. The Cold War was triggered in 1945 when the US dropped the two atomic bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki(August 9) respectively. In fact, even before 1945, the seeds of conflicts were already there despite the fact that they were allies in the Second World War. For instances, their different and

The British cinema renewed itself, tardily no doubt, by orthodox commercial procedures' (Raymond Durgnat). To what extent is this a fair assessment of British cinema between 1959 and 1963?

2863 words - 11 pages 1959. The film versions, which came out after a three year interval, between 1959 and 1962, clearly depended on the prepublicity and acclaim already generated by their literary sources for their initial impact.'5 Peter Wollon is very critical of the films made between 1959 and 1963, as is Raymond Durgnat, as reflected in his opening statement. Neither seem to consider that in this period cinema attendances had dropped dramatically and, with

Similar Essays

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963

628 words - 3 pages "It's no wonder the neighbors called us the Weird Watsons behind our backs"(Pg 17). The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Curtis, is a about boy and his family. The family includes: Kenny, the middle child, Wilona, the mother of Kenny, Daniel, the father of Kenny, Byron, Kenny's older brother, and Joey, Kenny's little sister. This entire essay is about how Byron is a good brother to Kenny and Joey."Byron used silent mouth language to say

My Brother Sam Is Dead Essay

774 words - 4 pages and start an insurrection. Tim tried to avoid the war but his brother was in it so he couldn't just overlook about it, this shows that he loves his brother. Tim said to Sam "give father the Brown Bess back" (17) Tim needs to give the gun to father from Sam because he doesn't want them to fight. This shows that Tim doesn't want his father to get enraged and at the same time he doesn't want his brother to go to war. This is the beginning of the

My Brother Sam Is Dead Essay

1796 words - 7 pages My Brother Sam is Dead Author: by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier Category: Historical Fiction Summary: It starts out in the 1770's during the Revolution War and Samuel Meeker or Sam for short just interred the room of the tavern and he chimes in to everybody who is waiting to eat, he comes in saying where beating the Lobster Backs. His father, Eliphalet Meeker but called Life for short, starts arguing with son. After a

My Brother Sam Is Dead Essay

570 words - 2 pages My Brother Sam Is Dead By James & Chris Collier         The five things I liked about Timmy Meeker were his support of his country, distrust of the Militia, love for his family, dedication to his family business, and a positive work attitude. Tim supported the British just as his town and family did. Tim followed the way the people of the town were siding with the war. He felt the Colonists should stop rebelling against the British