Tim Meeker is the main character of My Brother Sam is Dead. When the story starts, Tim is still a child. He admires his brother, Sam, and looks up to his father. By the end of the story, both his father and brother are dead, and Tim has matured to be the head of the household. The cause of both Tim’s growth and the death of his family members is the Revolutionary War, which is an essential part of the novel’s plot.
In the first chapter of the novel, we learn about Tim’s viewpoint by seeing the way he admires his brother’s choice to enlist in the revolutionary army. Tim views the war as glamorous and even explains that he wants to be a part of the action:
I couldn’t take my eyes off him; he looked so brave. He was wearing a scarlet coat with silver buttons and a white vest and black leggings halfway up to his knees. Oh, I envied him.
The envy that Tim feels is a part of his understanding of war and being a soldier. Tim is naive and doesn’t yet understand the horrors of war or...
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