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

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My Brother Sam is Dead

Chapter 1

Explain 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 not join the army. He is also telling him that he shouldn't risk his life on anything like his principle because his life is the most important thing and it isn't worth it.

Chapter 2

a. Explain the statements that Mr. Meeker makes, "But you never get rid of injustices by fighting."

What Mr. Meeker means is that getting rid of injustices by fighting is another injustice.

He means that fighting is not good and should find another way to get rid of injustices. So he doesn't think the Rebel army is right and thinks that they should stop the war now. He also doesn't want other people to agree with the Rebel army and help them.

b. How is Mr. Meeker's comment an argument against war?

Mr. Meeker's comment is an argument against war because as I say above, he thinks getting rid of injustices by fighting is another injustice.

c. Explain the statements that Sam makes. "Either we're going to be free or we're not."

Sam is saying that to be free the people of the colonies have to fight. He thinks fighting is the only way to be free. It also means that Sam thinks the King who is so far away from the...