How do Tim's feelings change toward the war in the book "My Brother Sam is Dead"?

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As with many young men, Tim is initially very enthusiastic about war. He sees the bitter, bloody conflict between the American colonists and the British as nothing more than an awfully big adventure in which lots of exciting stuff happens. Tim's immaturity is understandable; he's never witnessed the horrors of war and so his view of war is somewhat romanticized.

All that will change, however, when he actually experiences the tragedy of war at first hand. So long as the war's kept at a safe distance, Tim can still indulge his boyish fantasies. But when the war's brought home to him and his family, he can no longer ignore the harsh realities of war.

As the war turns up on his doorstep, Tim finds himself torn between competing loyalties. On the one hand, his father—a Loyalist—has...

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