In the Book, My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier, the author believes that it’s important to understand peoples perspective during a war because when there is a conflict, there is no right or wrong, it depends on which side is more justifiable. In the book, the protagonist (Timothy) had gone through an internal conflict about picking sides. Tim’s brother, Sam and his dad had a conflict that continued throughout the story. His brother represents a side, and his dad represents another side and Tim is constantly persuaded by both sides, but he is struggling to pick one.
“I picked up the gun, ducked through the door of the shack just pushing the blanket away with my head” (Collier 54) In this scene, Tim was going to steal the gun that his brother had taken from father because his father was in danger and in order to save him, he had to take this gun. This quote shows that Tim had been in a conflict, but had finally chosen to betray his brother. However, later on, as Sam was chasing Tim to return the gun, Tim seemed to favor the other side “’I think you’re a coward,’ I said. I didn’t really think that—anybody who would join the army to fight couldn’t be a coward” (Collier p58) He thinks that a patriot couldn’t be a coward; additionally, at the beginning of the story he said that he wanted to be like his brother because he feels like his brother is like a model of a brave man. This quote shows that he wanted to be a patriot (just like his brother) but he had to betray him to save his father, this is an internal conflict that Tim had to choose. However, at the end of the book, both his brother and his father died, and he eventually realized that there wasn’t a right side, it just depends on the side you pick.
My name is Eathon. A boy that lost his one and only family member when he was 15. Before this big turning point that happened in my ordinary life, I was a coward, and a person that never takes any risk. Though, I had changed throughout this revolution, I came from a faint-hearted person into a risk-taker, all thanks to my Uncle—he told me to be brave. In this journal entry, I recorded all my feelings and experiences during the revolution. As you read, this journal is going to bring you to the past viewing the American Revolution again, through my eyes. If you want to learn about how a rebellion changed people’s lives, then I invite you to read this journal.
Many things changed after the revolution: we had a president instead of a monarch, the ideas of equality spread because people saw the succeed of Americans revolt and thought that change was possible, the government changed from a monarchy into a democracy, the senate was created instead of the parliament, and most importantly, we won independence from British. on the contrary, there were things that stayed the same: slavery is still happening to people, we still had a body of government(senate) that makes important decisions, only white and rich men had power, and women still didn’t have more power than man.
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