By the end of the novel, do you think Johnny was as committed to the revolutionary cause as Rab was?Why or why not?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I definitely think that Johnny is just as committed to the revolutionary cause as Rab was.  He does everything in his power to help the Revolution, even when it could endanger him.  Although he, unlike Rab, ends up fine, it doesn't mean he wasn't committed.

When Rab is going to leave Boston to go and fight, Johnny wants to come with him.  When Rab reminds him he can do more in Boston, he stays and collects very important information that he then gives to Revere and Dawes.  This helps the cause a great deal.

So Johnny doesn't fight and doesn't give his life, but he does as much as he can and by the end of the book, he is selflessly dedicated to the Revolution.

mkcapen1 | Student

In Chapter five the reader begins to see a different more dedicated Johnny evolve.  He is determined to go back to where his men are at.  He is still just 16 years old but now he thinks like a man.  He could easily have stayed at Cilla's but he tells her he has to sneak back.  He demonstrates that he has become more committed by his statement;

"It is just as James Otis said," he thought.  "We are fighting partly for just that.  Because a man is a private is no reason he should be treated like chord wood." (241)

Later he thinks about the land.  He thinks to himself: "This was his land and these his people."   He has found his reason for commitment to the Revolutionary cause.

"He is ready to go back and fight in the end of the book because,

"A man can stand up." (256)

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Johnny Tremain

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