The reason Sam was executed, stealing his own cattle, was unjustified and unfair. Tim explains, “They were so close the gun muzzles were almost touching Sam’s clothes…. He wasn’t dead yet.He lay there shaking and thrashing about, his knees jerking up and down. They had shot him from so close that his clothes were on fire. He went on jerking with flames on his chest until another soldier shot him again.
Sam was back home from the war, and he kept giving Tim reminders that there could be some cattle thieves, but Tim didn’t listen; one a group of soldiers stole a couple of cattle and when Sam tried to go stop them, they went to tell the General and he was executed for being a cattle thief. Tim walked in the room where his mother was, and explains where Sam is: “‘They arrested him,’ I said, ‘The ones who stole the cattle beat him up, and then they said he’d stolen the cattle himself and marched him off somewhere.’”(184). Sam’s death wasn’t what Timmy expected because Sam had no reward for his valor and no glory or freedom. Tim was questioning in himself, “If you have no reward for your valor and don’t get your freedom, after you fight what is the
The majority of people during the American Revolution fought for liberty without realizing the actual cost and brutal reality of war. In the novel My Brother Sam is Dead, the Meeker family consisting of a Father name Life, a Mother named Susannah, a rebellious teen named Sam, and a conflicted teen named Tim, journey through the life of colonists owning a tavern during the Revolutionary War. Sam departs from his family to fight alongside the Patriots going against his Father, a Tory. War brings a lot of terrible things, but some examples are families splitting, clash of generation, and an overall theme of principle vs reality. The soldiers who fought in the war thought they were fighting for liberty, when really they caused havoc and awfulness.
The irony of Jerry Sanford, Eliphalet Meeker, and Samuel Meeker’s deaths ultimately induce Tim to make the decision to remain neutral for the duration of the American Revolution. The method used by the British to dispose of Jeremiah Sanford’s body is extremely ruthless, and the psychological message provokes Tim to develop a deep hatred of war. After the news reaches Redding, Betsy Read,
This is prominent when he is faced with a difficult choice: starvation or Helios’ cattle. Eurylochus tells the others, "You've gone through everything; listen to what I say. All deaths are hateful to us, mortal wretches, but famine is the most pitiful, the worst end that a man can come to. Will you fight it? Come, we'll cut out the noblest of these cattle for sacrifice to the gods who own the sky..." (Homer 12.365-371).
To many people take the toll of war,to many lives have been taken from the toll of war.Families have been ripped apart by the toll of war and the stress that it puts on a family and others that live near it or in it.It has ripped apart famly bonds too. War is a heart smasher in this book My Brother Sam Is Dead.”Sam.There’ll be no more talk on this tonight.”(c.c 8)Father displays his anger towards Sam in this “fight”with him.Father is outraged at Sam because Sam is talking back at Father for talking about the rebels and the war. “Why does he always have to get in a fight with me?”(c.c 15)Sam thinks Father is picking on Sam to much because of the war and him going out playing “soldier boy” and not doing any work.Tim also thinks that Sam is lucky getting all of the glory from going to war and telling points.
The most brutal and horrific crime that Ned ever committed was the murder of three men. At Stringy Bark Creek Ned purposely set out with the intention to kill three troopers, who were pursuing them for the theft of horse and cattle. Ned shot the men, as they lay on the ground defenceless, he finished them off with many more shots. Many people believe that Ned Kelly was a hero just because he occasionally stood up to the so called “corrupt” police, however, he was unquestionably the most corrupt out of them all, as there is no excuse for killing
He insists that he killed Bob and that Johnny is not dead. Darry makes Randy leave. Darry explains that Ponyboy is confused about everything that has happened and that the doctor says he needs time to heal”(Pdf 141) This explains that Ponyboy is having a really hard time comprehending the fact that Johnny is dead, and the fact that Johnny is dead and that he killed Bob dead is not going throught Pony head because he refuses to know the truth.Pony knows he did not kill bob is that he just doesn't want to be hurt.” It was Johnny, not me, who had killed Bob ---I knew that too. I had just thought that maybe if I played like Johnny wasn't dead it wouldn't hurt so much.”(pdf 151).This shows us that Pony accept his friend is dead he does not want to accept it but he has to because is not healthy for him.Ponyboy needed a theme for his project so he decided to accept
Macbeth failed to show devotion to his kingdom when he murdered Lady Macduff and her children. Scar failed to show his devotion to his kingdom when he allowed the resources of the kingdom to become scarce. Macbeth failed to show patience when he visited the witches’ cave, demanding for answers. Scar failed to show patience when yells “Silence!” to his hyena followers to break up an argument. Macbeth failed to show courage when he battled with his conscience.
Candy’s dog is more of a warning to everyone rather than just Lennie. Candy’s dog represents life on the ranch when you get to old and have no use, you are inevitably killed off for not being strong enough.Carlson insisting on shooting his dog leaves Candy worried for his own well being because like the dog he is old and frail and soon to be of little use to those around